In an interview with the South Korean daily Chosun Ilbo published on May 30, Zelenskyy said Putin had avoided contact with him for two years, including telephone conversations.
Ukraine’s president said he thought Putin had “nothing important to say”.
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“Putin is clearly aware that his efforts to take over Ukraine by force are indisputable,” he said.
“So, what can you tell me about?” Putin only wants to take over Ukraine through war and destroy the Ukrainian state.
Zelenskyy said it would be very difficult for him to communicate with Putin until Russian troops were completely withdrawn from Ukrainian territory.
Also, the Ukrainian leader highlighted the next goal that the Russian dictator has set for himself.
“Belarus is Putin’s next target,” Zelenskyy said.
“It (Russia) absorbs Belarus.”
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Zelenskyy also answered a question about what he sees as Putin’s ultimate goal. According to him, it is the rebirth of the Soviet Union that the dictator is trying to achieve through aggression and intimidation.
“The goal of his life is to restore the Soviet Union,” the Ukrainian president said.
“Since they (the Russians) have no way to achieve this through diplomacy, they have tried all kinds of intimidation and weaponized energy. Most of them failed. Then they chose to be the aggressor outright. They kill and torture thousands of civilians, occupy nuclear power plants and even threaten nuclear catastrophe.
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