Sky News has been informed by the president of Ukraine that Russia cannot end its war on Ukraine and that nations must act quickly to prevent it from becoming “too late”.
Sky News’ Alex Crawford spoke to Volodymyr Zilenskyy in the leader’s office, Ukraine’s capital. He reiterated his demand for the West’s imposition of a no fly zone.
He said that countries were indecisive about the matter of closing the skies against “the Nazis”.
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“If you’re united against Nazism and terror, you must close. Do not wait to be asked a million questions. The sky is your limit.
He appealed to the world to take action faster by saying, “Close the skies and stop the bombing.”
When asked about Western concerns about the possibility of a no fly zone escalating conflict and bringing about a direct confrontation between Russia and the West, he replied: “Worse than for whom?” Our families? They are our families? No one knows. No one knows. We know it is very dangerous. It will also be too late in the future.
“Believe it me, if this goes on, you will see…they will close the sky, but we will lose millions.”
He said, “The third war will begin and only then will you make a no fly zone – but it’ll be too late.”
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He stated that Russian forces could “occupy us, but you certainly can’t win”, and said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “going straight to hell”.
NATO allies shouldn’t have to tell Ukrainens who lost their children that they didn’t do it “sorry, we didn’t do it yesterday, one week ago.” We didn’t push Putin. We didn’t talk with him much, and we didn’t find the dialog with him. It’s true that we did nothing yesterday… I’m sorry but it’s true.
When asked if he would make a deal to meet with Putin, he replied that it was always possible to compromise through dialogue.
He said Ukraine cannot be used alone to end the war. “It’s the decisions of two countries, two peoples, and the decision by two presidents – one of which is Putin. So we’ll just see.”
He said that he believes it would be difficult to keep Ukraine united in the face the Russian invasion.
He said, “I believe my decision was correct.” “Who knows. “We will see in the future.”
After days of siege in Mariupol’s southern city, Mr Zelenskyy stated that Russia was treating Ukrainians as animals and blocking their access to basic necessities.
They want us to feel like animals, so they block our cities. They blocked the biggest cities of Ukraine, and it’s because they don’t want our people to have food and water.