Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urgently warned that if Russia defeats his country, other European countries, such as Germany, will also be at risk. The German federal government has now realized that “Russia will move closer to Germany if we do not resist,” Zelensky said in an interview with ARD broadcast last night and recorded on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian leader added that it seems to him that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz “understands this risk. And that clearly means – World War III.” Zelensky added that he could not say whether Russia would first attack Germany, Poland or the Baltic States after a victory over Ukraine.
Promote more help
The Ukrainian head of state appealed for more help 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”.
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 with German policy, 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 the year 2014.
Zelensky highlighted that a new law for more frequent replacement of front-line soldiers was being prepared. The Kiev government is responding to repeated protests by families of front-line soldiers demanding help for the fighters.