Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told German media outlet BILD that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of an immediate partial mobilization came as no surprise.
Notice shows that Russia has “problems with other officers and servicemen,” he said.
“We already know that they mobilized cadets who couldn’t fight. These cadets fell. They couldn’t even complete their training. All these people couldn’t fight. . They come to us and are dying,” according to the BILD Report of the interview, translated into German. “He saw that his units were just running away. He needed an army of millions to come to us. Because he saw that a large part of the people who came to us were just running away.”
CNN translated the BILD report.
“He wanted to drown Ukraine in his blood, but also with the blood of his own soldiers,” Zelensky added.
Zelensky said that he has not seen Putin’s speech.
It’s “not my favorite video,” he said, adding that the speech “is nothing new to me.”
BILD said Zelensky insisted that Ukraine’s plan to restore the territory would not be affected.
“We will act step by step according to our plan. I am sure that we will liberate our territory,” he said, according to BILD.
He say referendums planned by the authorities backed by the Kremlin this weekend in the occupied Ukrainian territories are a “fake” and 90% of governments will not recognize them.
Zelesnky also told BILD that he did not believe Putin would use nuclear weapons despite the Russian President’s thin warning earlier on Wednesday.
“I don’t believe he will use them. I don’t believe the world will allow him to use these weapons,” he said, adding that “we can’t look at this person’s head, there are risk.”