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Zelensky admits he doesn’t assume Putin is bluffing

The Ukrainian president, just like the leaders of the EU, believes that the Russian chief’s nuclear warning must be taken severely

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky informed CBS News on Sunday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin might use nuclear weapons. Putin earlier mentioned that Russia would use “all the means available to us” to defend Russian territory.

“Look, maybe yesterday it was bluff,” Zelensky informed CBS host Margaret Brennan. “Now, it could be a reality.” 

Putin himself mentioned on Wednesday that he was “not bluffing” when he warned that Russia would contemplate defending its land with “various weapons of destruction.” That land might quickly embody the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, in addition to the areas of Zaporozhye and Kherson, the place referendums are at the moment being held on becoming a member of the Russian Federation.

Western leaders are taking Putin at his phrase. “When people say it is not a bluff, you have to take them seriously,” the EU’s high diplomat, Josep Borrell, mentioned on Saturday. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan informed CBS earlier on Sunday that Washington has informed Moscow that “any use of nuclear weapons will be met with catastrophic consequences for Russia.”’

Zelensky additionally informed Brennan that Ukraine considers the Russian occupation of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant “nuclear blackmail,” regardless of Ukrainian forces repeatedly shelling the ability in latest months. Ukrainian forces bombed the plant once more final week in an try and “create the threat of a man-made disaster,” Russia’s Defense Ministry mentioned.

Despite Russia’s latest mobilization of 300,000 extra troops and the probability of 4 new territories falling underneath Russia’s nuclear safety within the near future, Zelensky insisted that Putin “knows that he’s losing the war.” Nevertheless, the Ukrainian president informed CBS that his authorities wants billions extra {dollars}, extra weapons, and extra sanctions on Russia to proceed the battle.

“We need to keep putting pressure on him and not allow him to continue,” he mentioned, referring to Putin.

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