2019.05.31 15:30

'Normal Russians don't want bloodshed in Donbass' – Khodorkovsky says in Vilnius

Russian opposition politicians expressed their hopes during a visit to Lithuania the ongoing war in eastern Ukraine will stop after Volodymyr Zelensky was elected Ukraine's president.

"I really hope that human casualties in Donbas will stop soon. This is the most important thing Ukrainians expect from their new president," Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Russian oligarch-turned dissident, told journalists in Lithuania's Trakai District at the end of the Vilnius Russia Forum.

"All normal Russians don't want the bloodshed in Donbass," he added.

Vladimir Kara-Murza, a well-known Kremlin critic, said the Russian government does not admit it is taking part in the conflict in Ukraine as many Russians don’t want war in this country.

Zelensky assumed the presidential office several weeks ago and pledged that seeking peace in eastern Ukraine would be one of his key goals.

Over 13,000 people have died during the conflict which has been taking place since 2014.

The Vilnius Russia Forum has been held since 2013.