Ukraine battle: Tanks, peace talks, Putin and Boris Johnson – key factors from Kay Burley’s interview with Volodymyr Zelenskyy | World Information


Kay Burley sat down with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv for an unique Sky Information interview.

In a wide-ranging dialogue, every part from tanks, household, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson and the president’s birthday have been coated.

Listed below are 5 key factors from the interview.

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Why does Ukraine want new tanks?

On tanks

The president defined that Russian tanks vastly outnumber the automobiles that Ukrainian forces have at their disposal.

Mr Zelenskyy, who realized of Germany’s determination to ship Leopard 2 tanks throughout his Sky Information interview, stated he needed to thank Europe and the US – however added that they could not waste any time in getting them to the frontline.

He stated: “We want 300 or 500 tanks now. That is why I consider that we want tanks to hold out an offensive on our territory, on our land. We want armoured automobiles to guard our folks, that is all.

“I’m very joyful and I want to thank Germany, thank Britain, and thank america that they made such choices. Total I’m grateful to the world for his or her assist of Ukraine.

“But when we’re speaking frankly and truthfully with you, the variety of tanks and supply time are of essential and demanding significance, compared to the choice that has been made. Now we have authorised instances of weapons to be despatched to us, however we nonetheless have not obtained them.

“Generally the supply of the weapons takes months, you perceive? I do not blame anybody, however, in response to your query, a way of aid comes solely after the weapons, which our companions give us, are already being utilized by our military.”

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Troopers prepare in Bakhmut

On preventing the Russians

Mr Zelenskyy defined he had no designs on taking territory in Russia, saying all he needed was for Moscow’s forces to go away Ukraine.

He stated: “We’re not preventing on Russian territory, as a result of we aren’t inquisitive about it. We’re simply not inquisitive about it.

“As a result of the battle, wherever it’s, means dropping folks. For me, persons are the primary precedence. That is why I do not need to battle on Russian territory.

“I simply need them to cease the battle as shortly as doable and depart our nation as quick as doable.

“I can inform you for certain in the event that they depart our territory the battle will cease. That is all.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the launch ceremony of the Titan-Polymer plant via videoconference in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
The Ukrainian chief stated peace talks with Vladimir Putin could be pointless. Pic: AP

On peace talks with Putin

Mr Zelenskyy stated that peace talks with Russia whereas Vladimir Putin continues to be president could be pointless.

He stated: “You realize, to date there aren’t any peace talks with Russia … as a result of we do not know who we must always negotiate with, and about what. What sort of peace talks?

“At current, these are simply criminals who got here right here and have been killing and raping. That is what they’ve been doing.

“They do not need any talks, and this was the case earlier than the invasion. President Putin determined so. I’m satisfied that Ukraine is simply step one for him. I’m satisfied that he’s waging an enormous battle.

“And having the entire world serving to Ukraine now – he’s not fascinated by that. He’s considering ‘Effectively, it is not figuring out in Ukraine now however we’ll wait … the world will not keep united, they may get drained and I’ll transfer additional.’

“However after Ukraine there can be additional steps, there can be different international locations, if we fail to face up to.”

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The president added that, earlier than the invasion, Putin by no means met for talks as a result of he had no intention of preserving peace, saying: “He was simply attempting to mislead us. He would not need negotiations as a result of he would not need peace. He can decelerate issues.

“They have been sending messages about peace talks, and we have now proof of it, solely after they wanted time to regroup on the battlefield.

“Once they had large losses, they have been saying that they needed peace. It is a lie. We noticed them say that they needed peace after which they’d strike with missiles at evening.

“We hope that after Russia pulls its troops again to their territory, they may admit their massive errors, and there can be a brand new authorities within the Russian Federation. We’re neighbours. It is going to be solely then that we’ll be resolving this example. Then, in all probability, talks can be doable.”

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Johnson makes shock go to to Ukraine

On Boris Johnson

Requested if he would welcome Boris Johnson because the UK’s particular envoy to Ukraine, he enthusiastically agreed – describing the previous PM as a “good man”.

However when requested if he would assist Mr Johnson if he ran to be prime minister once more, Mr Zelenskyy was extra diplomatic, saying: “I believe that isn’t appropriate to me to assist Johnson to be prime minister when Rishi is prime minister, it is not appropriate, I am sorry, completely.”

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On by no means dropping his sense of humour

Earlier than a lifetime of politics and battle, Mr Zelenskyy was an actor and comic.

When requested in regards to the significance of maintaining his sense of humour, he stated: “I by no means misplaced my sense of humour.

“I believe when folks lose it, they lose … mind-set. I believe so. You must focus and be very severe not throughout months.

“You must do it in crucial moments, in very tough choices, you need to be intelligent and you need to be ample and you need to be courageous as a result of you’re the chief.

“You must be sturdy and that is why sense of humour exhibits, when you’ll be able to joke, present typically in fact, present that you’re okay, that you’re sturdy, that you just management the state of affairs.

“It is crucial to regulate the state of affairs. And that is it. No person could make choices with out you. As a result of then the consequence, so, I imply, the consequence is dependent upon you.

“In order that’s why you need to focus. And humour makes you human.”


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