In an all-day "media marathon" held in a Kyiv food court, Ukraine's president played down suggestions that Trump pressured him in exchange for US military aid to help Ukraine battle Russian-backed separatists.
CNN previously reported that unsettled aides also immediately began quizzing each other about whether they should alert senior officials who were not on the call - mainly those at the Justice Department, since Trump had invoked the agency's boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, multiple times during the 30-minute talk. "This was not the subject of our conversation", Mr Zelensky said. The White House released a non-verbatim transcript of the call last month, which, along with a related anonymous whistleblower complaint, sparked an impeachment inquiry by House Democrats. 'We are an independent country, we have relations with many countries, ' not just the U.S., he said.
Russian Federation has said the pullback needs to take place before a summit scheduled for this month between Putin, Zelenskiy, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The military aid was later released to Ukraine, and President Trump has denied the whistleblower's claims.
While Mr Zelensky was speaking, prosecutors in the United States said two of Mr Giuliani's associates had been arrested in a scheme to illegally funnel money to a pro-Trump election committee and other U.S. political candidates.
"I wanted to drag him into Ukraine", Zelensky said.
He said that the military aid that the Trump administration froze as it reviewed the funds over concerns of corruption in Ukraine was never linked to Trump's requests to probe Crowdstrike, a firm that investigated a breach into the Democratic National Committee's computer systems, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Biden's son, Hunter Biden. "And in case we need to find a solution to questions of this level, questions about our country's security, we use all our powerful possibilities".
Ukraine's president just can't stop talking.
Whereas Zelenskiy became talking, prosecutors within the United States talked about two of Giuliani's friends had been arrested in a map to illegally funnel money to a expedient-Trump election committee and diversified U.S. political candidates.
Most of the questions at Thursday's unusual media event related to the Russian Federation conflict or Ukraine's economic troubles.
Multiple investigations have been opened in Ukraine into Burisma - a company controlled by Mykola Zlochevsky, an oligarch close to former president Viktor Yanukovych - over the past five years, only to be closed without charges each time.
"(In that case) ... we would stop going, for the near future, under this government, we would stop pursuing that path and will look for other options", he told reporters.
Zelenskiy also joked about Trump's Twitter missives, saying he doesn't expect a change in U.S.