Sunday, January 28, 2024

Ukrainian President in an ARD interview: Zelensky warns Germany of the danger of a “Third World War”

Daily Mirror Ukrainian President in an ARD interview: Zelensky warns Germany of the danger of a “Third World War” 4 hours In an interview with ARD presenter Caren Miosga, the Ukrainian president warned of the consequences of a Russian victory over his country. But he believes that Scholz understands the danger, said Zelensky. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned urgently that if Russia wins against his country, other European countries such as Germany will also be at risk. The federal government has now realized that “Russia will move closer to Germany if we don’t hold out,” said Zelenskyj in an interview broadcast on Sunday evening that the ARD presenter Caren Miosga conducted with him on Wednesday. The Ukrainian head of state added that it seemed to him that Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) “understands this risk. And that clearly means - Third World War”. Zelensky added that he could not say whether Russia would first target Germany, Poland or the Baltic states after a victory over Ukraine. The Ukrainian head of state called for further aid for his country. Any support from its partners is very important for Ukraine, “so that Ukraine does not have the feeling of being alone.” Germany and other states would have to show whether, from their point of view, Ukraine “is right and Russia should be put in its place”. Zelenskyj wants to talk to Scholz about Taurus Regarding the wrangling over the delivery of Taurus cruise missiles from Germany to Ukraine, Zelensky said that this was “a topic” in his talks with Scholz. He did not want to comment further on the status of the talks. However, he emphasized that it would "hardly help" Germany if it kept important weapons for itself instead of making them available to Ukraine in its current fight against Russia. At the same time, Zelensky recalled that Germany had not taken Russia's aggression against Ukraine seriously enough for a long time. “I was disappointed by German politics, which, when Crimea was occupied, did not play the role” that Ukraine, Europe and the world “deserved,” said Zelensky, referring to Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula in 2019 2014. February 24th marks the second anniversary of the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. In the ARD interview, Zelenskyj admitted the need to relieve frontline soldiers through more frequent replacements. Zelensky said it was clear to him that, given the achievements of Ukrainian soldiers, “gratitude is not enough.” “We need fair rotation, they need vacation because money alone can’t make up for it.” Zelensky pointed out that a new law for more frequent replacement of front-line soldiers was being prepared. The government in Kiev is responding to repeated protests by relatives of the frontline soldiers who are demanding relief for the fighters. (AFP)