Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet him and seek resolution to the crisis. I don’t know what the president of the Russian Federation wants, so I am proposing a meeting,” Zelenskyy said at the Munich Security Conference. Ukraine will continue to follow only the diplomatic path for the sake of a peaceful settlement,” he also said. Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine ordered a full military mobilization on Saturday. On the other part, Western leaders made increasingly dire warnings that a Russian invasion of its neighbor appeared imminent. There was no immediate response from the Kremlin after Ukrainian’s President proposal. Many countries told their citizens to leave Ukraine. Violence in eastern Ukraine has spiked in recent days along the line separating Ukrainian forces from the Russia-backed rebels.
On Friday, the rebels began evacuating civilians to Russia. Putin ordered the Russian government to offer 10,000 rubles (about $130) to each evacuee. U.S. President Joe Biden said late Friday that based on the latest American intelligence, he was now “convinced” that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine. Russia conducted massive nuclear drills on Saturday. Lines of communication between Moscow and the West remain open.