Zelensky Says World Will Not Allow Russia’s Use of Nuclear Weapons
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he does not believe Russia will use nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently issued new escalatory rhetoric that he use all means necessary to achieve his goals in Ukraine.
Speaking to German media Wednesday, Zelensky said Russia will not be allowed to act on threats with nuclear weapons.
“I don’t believe that he will use these weapons,” he said. “I don’t believe that the world will allow him to use these weapons.”
Zelensky added that Ukraine and its allies should not give in to Putin’s threats.
“Tomorrow, Putin can say, ‘In addition to Ukraine, we also want a part of Poland, otherwise we will use nuclear weapons.’ We cannot agree on such compromises,” he said.
Putin also announced Russian will increase mobilization to bolster its armed forces.
Zelensky said Russia has already been carrying out mobilization over the past month and notes the low morale among Russian troops.
“We already know they mobilized cadets, guys who couldn’t fight,” he said. “These cadets have failed. They couldn’t even finish their training. All these people cannot fight. They have come to us and died.”
Zelensky said Putin needs “an army of millions” because many of his troops who meet Ukrainian forces on the battlefield “just run away.”
He added that Putin “wants to drown Ukraine in blood, also the blood of his own soldiers.”
Zelensky’s adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons show the Kremlin has “not yet understood who he is dealing with.”