Volodimir Zelensky announced a possible Russian offensive in the coming days, but assured that your country is much stronger than a year ago when the Russian invasion beganin an interview that he has given to various Italian media and that was published this Sunday on the eve of the Prime Minister’s visit, Giorgia Melonito kyiv.
“This week we can face the revenge of Russia, there is talk of an offensive on the way. There is nervousness. Some parts of Ukraine have been living like this since 2014. But the Russians are not as powerful as they were a year ago, when they didn’t have enough resources to occupy our country anyway. Today they are weaker and we, on the other hand, are stronger.”assured the Ukrainian president in interviews published in media such as “La Repubblica” or “Corriere della Sera”.
He assured that “the war will be short” and victory will be reached. “The faster it is, the less victims we will have, in 2014 the conflict froze and it did not go well for us. The Minsk agreements gave Putin time to prepare for the sudden attack last year, we will not fall into the same trap again. Our soldiers are more motivated because they defend their families, their homes. Instead, we have seen that the economic sanctions against Moscow are of great help, they give us time and space to organize ”, he added.
Zelensky stressed the need “to maintain Italian support, which is central to guaranteeing that of other countries and this also applies to the unity of Europe, where Italy has a leading role in the economic, social and political fields.”
Regarding the latest statements against Zelensky by Meloni’s ally in the government, the leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconithe Ukrainian president joked that he would send her vodka to change her mind.
While he also considered the importance of Russia “maintaining a pragmatic attitude, otherwise we run the risk of World War III.” “I think they are very aware of this,” added the president.
On whether he is afraid that Ukraine will be left alone, Zelensky stated: “Whoever considers that at some point we could be abandoned, it is because they have not understood the deep motivations of our battle. We are not the three hundred Spartans, nor do we feel like heroes, but we know that Europe is behind us and that it understands the danger of the Russian threat.
Meloni will arrive in kyiv tomorrow to meet Zelensky, who thanked the help of the new Government. “We received a support package, which means that the prime minister’s line of support has not changed, on the contrary, and I thank you very much for her position. I wait for you. I know that she will be arriving, we have great respect for Italy and the Italian people,” said the Ukrainian president, interviewed by RAI.
Meloni’s spokesmen have not confirmed this trip for security reasons, but the media that have published the interview with Zelensky explain that he will be in the Ukrainian capital tomorrow.
Meloni’s visit comes after his government ally Silvio Berlusconi, the 86-year-old leader of Forza Italia, unleashed a political storm last Sunday afternoon by stating: “If I were prime minister I would never have come to speak with Zelensky because, as you know, we are witnessing the devastation of your country and the slaughter of its soldiers and civilians.”
The Government had to come out and ensure its full support for Ukraine after the Russian invasion.
With information from EFE
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