‘I do not suppose he is bluffing’

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks throughout a joint information briefing with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian President Egils Levits, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine September 9, 2022.

Valentyn Ogirenko | Reuters

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned Russia’s risk of nuclear weapons use “might be a actuality,” in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.

It has been seven months since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February, and in a uncommon, televised handle on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin not directly threatened that he’s ready to make use of nuclear weapons to escalate the battle.

Zelenskyy mentioned Russia is focusing on nuclear energy crops in Ukraine, so there might be some reality to Putin’s claims.

“He desires to scare the entire world. These are the primary steps of his nuclear blackmail. I do not suppose he is bluffing,” Zelenskyy mentioned.

Referendum voting in Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine is underway, in response to Russian state media. Western and Ukrainian officers are rebuking them as a sham utilized by the Kremlin to attempt to legitimize Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory.

Zelenskyy mentioned lots of people shall be compelled to take part in these referenda, however that there isn’t a assist for it in society. He mentioned a risk may emerge if the Russians full the referendum and announce the outcomes.

“This might make it unimaginable, in any case, to proceed any diplomatic negotiations with the President of Russian Federation, and he is aware of it very effectively,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “I believe it is a very harmful sign from President Putin that tells us that Putin will not be going to complete this battle.”

Putin introduced a partial army mobilization in Russia throughout his handle Wednesday, stating that the West “desires to destroy our nation” and had tried to “flip Ukraine’s folks into cannon fodder.”

Zelenskyy mentioned Russia is utilizing the battle as an excuse to assert that it’s being attacked by the West.

“He is aware of that he is dropping the battle. Within the battlefield, Ukraine has seized the initiative. He can not clarify to his society why, and he’s on the lookout for solutions to those questions,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “Now, it is the West who assaults Russia. Now, the West assaults our territories.”

As winter approaches, Zelenskyy mentioned he is aware of the months forward shall be troublesome and complex. He mentioned Ukrainian forces are working to guard infrastructure like electrical energy and water management programs.

“This can be a problem, however we aren’t afraid of that,” he mentioned.

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