Ukraine president threatens to quit talks if Russia holds ‘pseudo-referendums’ in occupied areas

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FILE PHOTO - EU Council President Michel and Ukraine's President Zelenskiy attend joint news conference, in Kyiv

KYIV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday that Kyiv would quit talks with Moscow if Russia destroys Ukraine’s people in the city of Mariupol and holds “pseudo-referendums” to create “pseudo-republics” in Russian-occupied areas.

The Ukrainian president was speaking at a news conference in Kyiv.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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