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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says he is "prepared for considering neutrality," adds, "Russia wants to split the nation."

Zelenskyy did speak about adopting a neutral status in the Russia peace deal; however, he didn't make the statement about "dividing the nation".

The claim that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of wanting to split the nation into two and said he's prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status for his country in negotiations with Russia is partly true. According to a BBC report, in a virtual interview with independent Russian journalists on March 28, President Zelenskyy said that "Ukraine is ready to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia." "Security guarantees and neutrality, the non-nuclear status of our state. We are ready to go for it. This is the most important point," Zelenskyy said. BBC report added that "Zelenskyy is seeking a potential agreement that would require a face-to-face meeting with President Putin and that adequate security guarantees that Ukraine would not come under attack were essential." On March 28, 2022, General Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense's Intelligence Directorate, accused Russia of trying to divide Ukraine into two, The Independent reported. "Russia is considering a Korean scenario for Ukraine and is splitting the country in two after failing to seize the capital Kyiv and overthrow its government." Though Zelenskyy did talk about adopting a neutral status; however, the statement that "Russia wants to split the nation in two" was made by General Kyrylo Budanov. Therefore, we are marking this claim as partly true.

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