“If you don’t know how to do it this way or that, tell the truth and that’s it.”This is how Volodimir Zeleski, the Ukrainian president, began his interview with the media The Economist. It also includes information aboutSituation in the territory today following the invasion of troops RussiaThe order was made by Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia. It contains important information about Putin’s personal life, relations with other leaders, and, most importantly, his future.
Zelensky has been called the Churchill of 21st century. It is an important development, considering his career as an actor. “It’s the people’s desire”, confess. You must be yourself. You might find that people are more open to you if you let them know who you really are. (…) And it is important not to show that you are better than you are”.
He claims that no one was prepared for war and admits that he has had to change his ways of governing because it was a “very big story” that touches not only Ukraine but also the world. It has been more than a month since Russia entered the country, but Zelensky is positive, because “I understood what was happening”: “I am sure that we will win. This is why I don’t consider myself a hero.“We believe in victory. We will win without any doubt because it’s our home, land, and independence.”
“When I became president, I was able to understand why some things were happening a certain way. I tried my best to be truthful with Russian leaders. In the first and final meeting with Putin in 2019, they wanted to change their attitudes towards Ukraine. We come to the conclusion that we cannot be part of anyone.”, explains Zelenski, who defends that “Ukrainians are people equal to citizens of Russia, as equal to those of the United States or Europe”.
“The Ukrainian people have been dying and the Russians don’t know what is going on through the Kremlincensorship.” According to the President of Ukraine, Russian troops have “blockaded our supplies to Mariupol and Melitopol Berdyansk Kherson, Kharkiv, and Kherson, Kherson.” However, they are not present in the cities. “In Melitopol and Berdyansk they are changing to rubles. They have already killed some of the mayors of our cities and are now kidnapping them. Some cities have been destroyed, and they no longer have people or houses, only the name remains.”
Zelenski defended Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He said that “he is our leader and is on our side” and that the rest are not responsible. “He is afraid of Russia”. “There are people in the West who won’t mind a long-term war. it would mean exhausting Russia, even if it means the disappearance of the Ukraine and comes at the cost of Ukrainian lives.”
Regarding the contribution of the United States and its relationship with its president, Joe Biden, he acknowledges that the North American country “is helping” and has pushed “many NATO countries to help us”, “but there have been times when there have been certain battles that have influenced the steps we have taken and their determination”, affirming that the progress to get the equipment they ask for and (planes, tanks and armored vehicles) and get ahead “depends on the will of NATO and various countries ”. “Biden sees Ukraine more as a topic of political activity than at first. There have been different moments and different processes, and I recognize that this position does not benefit everyone in the United States.”
Zelenski said that he believed that a meeting with Putin was possible before the Ukrainian president requested it. He believes that we must talk about concrete matters and seek a decision step-by-step. “I don’t think he visualizes in his mind the same Ukraine that we see. His vision is very different, and he sees us as a part of his world, but that way of seeing things does not correspond to what has happened in the last 30 years”.