President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy notes that every effort was made to resolve the situation with the seizure of a bus with hostages by a terrorist in Lutsk so as to prevent human casualties.
“First it was necessary to assess his requirements, to assess how adequate he is. We took breaks during the meeting with the Swiss president, she understood this. We kept control of everything that was happening. Because there were really a little incomprehensible requirements, why this was happening. Then there was more information about the mining of not only this bus, but that there are other places in Lutsk, “he said in a video commentary provided to the Interfax-Ukraine agency by the press service of the President’s Office.
Zelensky pointed out that for about nine hours, “everyone, from psychologists to negotiators, talked to the Lutsk terrorist,” but he threatened and wanted only one thing, so that his demands were met.
“There was a proposal to make a special operation, which would not be known how it ended. That is, there would be an assault, fast, I am sure it would be effective. But there is always a danger that people may die,” the president said.
According to Zelensky, after the meetings, he wanted to talk to this person on the phone, and try to negotiate so that he would let the people go.
“I was warned that he speaks to everyone for 10-15 seconds, a little longer he talked to the journalist. That he hangs up, does not want to continue, waits for all his requirements to be met,” he added.
Zelensky said that he spoke with the terrorist for 7-10 minutes, and they agreed that he would take the first step, release several people: a wounded man, a pregnant woman and a child.
“He said that there was no injured person, it was a bluff, so he will release three people, and after that I will record a video. And after the video is released on social networks, he releases all the people in half an hour. This is approximately what happened – after 30 -40 minutes he released all the hostages, “he said.
Zelensky stressed that if it is possible to do something without an assault, not to risk the life of at least one person, then with such principles he “lives, lived and will live.”
“As they say, to become a president and remain a man. We have a result – everyone is alive. We are not fighting for ratings, we are fighting for life. And for me this is the most important value,” he said.