The president of ukraine, Volodymyr ZelenskiyHe stated this Wednesday that I didn’t think the world would allow that the Russian president Vladimir Putin will use nuclear weapons. He also promised to go ahead with the liberation of Ukrainian territory captured by Russian forces.
In the early hours of this Wednesday, Putin announced a mobilization of 300,000 reservists to his army and warned that Moscow would respond to what he called the “nuclear blackmail” of the West. It was Russia’s first such mobilization since World War II and marked the biggest escalation of the Ukraine war since the invasion of Moscow in February.
“I don’t think he (Putin) uses these weapons. I don’t think the world will allow you to use these weapons,” Zelenskiy told German media. “Tomorrow Putin can say: in addition to Ukraine, we also want a part of Poland, otherwise we will use nuclear weapons. We cannot make these compromises,” he added.
Ukraine has recaptured swathes of its territory after a blitzkrieg counteroffensive in recent weeks, inflicting mounting casualties on Russian troops. “Putin’s mobilization came in response to Russia’s failures on the battlefield,” Zelenskiy said, Reuters replied.
“He sees that his units are just running away,” Zelenskiy said. He also added that Putin “wants to drown Ukraine in blood, including the blood of his own soldiers.” From Moscow they reported that there were almost 6,000 military casualties in six months.
Zelenskiy also dismissed plans by four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine to hold referendums on September 23-27 to join Russia, saying they were a “farce” that would not be recognized by most countries. “We will act according to our plans step by step. I am sure that we will liberate our territory », he said.