It has been a year since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the deputy chief of staff to the President of Ukraine said he was grateful for Canada’s support, but was concerned that Moscow could step up the war after the anniversary.
“Canada is extremely supportive, being a G7 country, having the most Ukrainians, was the country that immediately helped Ukraine at the beginning of this overt invasion and at the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. 2014,” Igor Zhovka told CTV National News Correspondent Adrian Ghobrial in an exclusive interview from Kyiv.
Zhovka also noted the personal relationship between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “(Trudeau) has a very good personal relationship with the President (Zelenskyy). He went to Kyiv. He knows my country, and… to him, you don’t need to say Ukraine is as important as it is. how,” he said.
Zhovka calls the one-year anniversary of the invasion a “symbolic week” and believes Russian President Vladimir Putin could use the occasion to demobilize the army.
“Putin, being a symbolist, is probably going to invent something in his crazy mind about this year. He’s planning a big revenge later in the day. the end of February, the beginning of March, and he will certainly do this. So we were a lot more prepared,” said Zhovka.
In the early days of the war, some military experts surmised that Russia could take Kiev within two weeks. However, 365 days later, the capital is still in Ukrainian hands.
“You know, the so-called military experts… I would tell those people, believe in Ukraine. In the end, you’re going to have to believe in Ukraine and stop being afraid of Putin.”
See the interview with Igor Zhovka at the top of this article.