President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zhelensky US President Joe Biden has been urged to go to Ukraine and reiterate that he does not want to give up territory in the east of the country to end the war with Russia.
When asked if he had any plans for the US president’s visit, Zhelensky said in English, “I think he will.” “But it’s his decision, of course, and [it] Of course, it depends on the security situation. But I think he is the leader of America, so he should come here and see.
பிடன் Told reporters Thursday The United States has said it will soon decide whether to send a senior official to support Ukraine, but sources told Reuters that the administration would consider Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin or Secretary of State Anthony Blingen. Gelensky’s comments came after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said A surprise visit to Kiev last weekend.
On Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Saki said: Said in an interview Biden’s visit was not planned.
Zelenskiy, who spoke to the news channel on Friday in an interview aired on Sunday, focused his attention on Russia’s attack on the Donbass region in the east of the country. Cruel and decisive The phase of the war followed Russia’s withdrawal from the area around Kiev in the north.
Zhelensky said Ukraine It will not leave territory in the east of the country to end the war with Russia. “This is why it is so important for us not to allow them and to keep them on our base, because this war … it could affect the course of the whole war,” Zhelensky said. There are about 40,000 Ukrainian troops in the Donbass area, and he acknowledged the potential for multiple wars in the unknown period.
“I do not trust the Russian army and the Russian leadership … we fought them, they left, they are fleeing from Kiev, from the north, from Chernihiv … Donbass, they will not come further to Kiev,” Zhelensky said.
Zelenskiy welcomed the $ 800 million in additional military assistance Approved by the White House last weekBut urged the United States and its allies for more arms and faster supplies.
“Of course, we need more. But I’m glad he’s helping us now,” Zelenskiy told CNN. “Now I feel we have a clear conversation. This is a conversation with some twists and turns. And not just talking. This is very difficult because there are not many countries that have really helped us.
The Ukrainian president also reiterated fears that Russian forces could deploy chemical or tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
“Not only me, but the whole world, all nations should be concerned … because [use of nuclear weapons] It may not be true information, but it may be true.
“Chemical weapons … they can do it, they have people’s lives, nothing. That’s why,” Zhelensky said. “Do not be afraid, do not be afraid, but be prepared. But this is not a question for Ukraine, not only for Ukraine, but for the whole world, I think.
Zelenskiy estimates the death toll from the Ukrainian military is between 2,500 and 3,000, and 10,000 people have been injured so far. “It is difficult to say how many will survive.”
He said Russia had lost 20,000 troops, which has not been confirmed.