President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that they are preparing with great determination for a counterattack in the war, that they will take important steps in a short time and they are motivated to do so.
Visiting Rome, the capital of Italy, for the first time since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Zelenskiy answered the questions of Italian journalists by participating in a program on Italian state television in the evening after completing his official contacts.
Reminding that the Italian public is tired of supporting Kiev, Zelenskiy said, “Let’s imagine that Putin came to NATO countries. Then you will send your citizens, your fathers, your children to this war because you are members of the alliance. I am a pragmatic person. Your society should understand that; “It’s better to help Ukraine than to send your own citizens to war,” he said.
Zelenskiy said that they were able to protect their skies thanks to Italy and France, and that they would have lost more if it were not for the air defense systems taken from these countries. Stating that the important thing is to end the war, Zelenskiy stated that Putin is aggressive and they do not want to live in chaos.
Referring to the phone call he had with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Zelenskiy said, “We discussed important issues. I said that we trust Beijing not to supply arms to Moscow. Xi replied that they will not supply weapons and will not support Russia.
“WE NEED PEACE, NOT A MEDIATOR”
Regarding the peace talks brought to the agenda by the Vatican and Pope Francis, Zelenskiy said, “I respect the Pope, but we need peace, not a mediator. We invite the Pope to work for a just peace like other leaders, but we must do other things first. “You can’t mediate with Putin, no country in the world can do that,” he said.
Expressing that he is not willing to talk to Putin, Zelenskiy claimed that the way out in Ukraine is a counter-attack and that when they reach the Crimean border, support for Putin will decrease within Russia.
WHEN WILL THE COUNTER ATTACK HAPPEN?
On a question about when Ukraine’s counterattack will take place, Zelenskiy said, “Important steps will be taken in a short time. We are preparing with great determination and important steps will come. We are motivated by this. I can’t give an answer on timing and methods, but you’ll see. “We believe in victory,” he said.
Regarding the possibility of using nuclear weapons in war, Zelenskiy said: “I don’t think Putin will use nuclear weapons. No one knows what goes through the mind of the President of Russia, but we should not be afraid. Putin has a great will to live and will try to do anything to live.”
The President of Ukraine also noted that he does not hesitate to hold a referendum in Crimea, but that such a referendum cannot be held on its territory as it is against the Ukrainian constitution. (AA)
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