Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview that aired Sunday mentioned that there’s a “risk” that Russian President Vladimir Putin will use chemical weapons within the struggle in Ukraine.
Zelensky informed CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” from Ukraine, “We shouldn’t look ahead to the second when Russia decides to make use of nuclear weapons. … We should put together for that.”
The Ukrainian chief added that “anti-radiation medication and air raid shelters could be wanted” and famous that Russia “can use any weapon, I’m satisfied of it.”
He added that Ukraine ought to “not be afraid” however “be prepared.”
“For them, lifetime of the individuals is nothing,” he mentioned.
He added that “no person anticipated there to be a full-scale invasion of Ukraine from the Russian Federation. Nobody anticipated there to be a struggle in 2014. And now that there might be a full-scale invasion and killing of civilians, no person anticipated them to invade the areas the place there’s no army tools and simply kill and shoot useless a civilian inhabitants.”
The U.S. and Ukrainian officers have braced for the potential use of a chemical assault in Ukraine by Russia in the previous few weeks.
CIA Director William Burns mentioned Thursday that the U.S. can not “take calmly” the chance that Russia may use tactical nuclear weapons because it grows extra determined in its army assault on Ukraine.
“Given the potential desperation of [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin and the Russian management, given the setbacks that they’ve confronted to date militarily, none of us can take calmly the risk posed by a possible resort to tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons,” Burns mentioned Thursday following a speech at Georgia Tech.
Zelensky referenced Burns’s feedback and mentioned “when Russian provides data and says, if one thing goes not in response to plan, they’ll use chemical weapons and their nuclear potential. And that’s the reason I imagine these are harmful claims of untrustworthy individuals. And if we imagine a few of them are already untrustworthy, then they’ll use nuclear weapons.”
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