Ukraine's presidential contender Vladimir Zelensky will try to reach a ceasefire in Donbass as soon as possible in case of being elected, he said in an interview with the Ukraine TV channel on Sunday. "Ceasefire in the east, for a start. We cannot afford a long process as every morning starts (with reports about) casualties in the east," he said. Zelensky has also suggested that more active efforts should be made to deal with citizens of the Donbass regions uncontrolled by Kiev - self-proclaimed republics - on social issues, particularly, stressing the need to pay pension benefits. "We have to reach out to each person living in the east, to resume relations, launch, start paying pension benefits to people," he said. Asked whether he is ready for direct contacts with Russia's leadership, Zelensky answered in the affirmative.