“I do not suppose he is bluffing”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks throughout a joint press briefing with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian President Egils Levits, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, September 9, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned Russia’s risk to make use of nuclear weapons “could possibly be a actuality,” in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

It has been seven months since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February, and in a uncommon televised handle on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin not directly threatened that he’s ready to make use of nuclear weapons to escalate the conflict.

Zelenskyy mentioned Russia is focusing on nuclear energy vegetation in Ukraine, so there could also be some reality to Putin’s claims.

“He needs to scare the entire world. These are the primary steps of his nuclear blackmail. I do not suppose he is bluffing,” Zelenskyy mentioned.

The referendum vote within the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine is underway, in response to Russian state media. Western and Ukrainian officers accuse them of being a sham utilized by the Kremlin to attempt to legitimize Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory.

Zelenskyy mentioned many individuals shall be pressured to participate in these referendums, however there isn’t any help for it in society. He mentioned a risk may emerge if the Russians full the referendum and announce the outcomes.

“It could make it not possible, in any case, to proceed any diplomatic negotiations with the President of the Russian Federation, and he is aware of that very properly,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “I believe it is a very harmful sign from President Putin telling us that Putin is just not going to finish this conflict.”

Cheese fries introduced a partial army mobilization in Russia throughout his speech on Wednesday, saying the West “needs to destroy our nation” and had tried to “flip the Ukrainian individuals into cannon fodder.”

Zelenskyy mentioned Russia is utilizing the conflict as an excuse to faux it’s beneath assault from the West.

“He is aware of he’s shedding the conflict. On the battlefield, Ukraine took the initiative. He can’t clarify why to his society and he’s in search of solutions to those questions,” mentioned Zelenskyy. “Now the West is attacking Russia. Now the West is attacking our territories.”

As winter approaches, Zelenskyy mentioned he is aware of the approaching months shall be tough and complex. He mentioned Ukrainian forces had been working to guard infrastructure similar to electrical energy and water management programs.

“It is a problem, however we’re not afraid of it,” he mentioned.