- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is committing “genocide” in Ukraine.
- Zelenskyj called Russian soldiers “murderers, looters, butchers”.
- He made the comments to Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday that Russia aims to “annihilate” the Ukrainians.
“This is indeed genocide,” said Zelenskyy. “The annihilation of the whole nation and people. We are citizens of Ukraine, we have over 100 nationalities. This is about the destruction and extermination of all these nationalities.”
The President of Ukraine made the comments to Margaret Brennan during an interview with Face the Nation on CBS News.
“We are citizens of Ukraine and we do not want to submit to the policies of the Russian Federation, and that is why we are being destroyed and eliminated,” Zelenskyy said. “This is happening in 21st century Europe, so this is the torture of the whole nation.”
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In Bucha, just outside the capital Kyiv, almost 300 people were buried in mass graves. The city’s mayor said the streets were “littered with dead bodies.”
Zelenskyy posted a series of photos of Ukrainian deaths in Bucha on Telegram on Sunday morning.
“Mothers of Russian soldiers should see this. See what bastards you raised. Killers, looters, butchers,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown no signs that he would slow down his invasion of the country, even as reports of low morale among Russian soldiers surface and the Ukrainian military continues to resist the invasion.
A leading Russia expert warned last week that Putin will not give up his goal of dominating Ukraine as long as he remains in power, Insider previously reported.
“As long as Putin is in the Kremlin, he will not abandon Ukraine,” said Angela Stent, who served in the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning from 1999-2001 and as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia from 2004-2006 at the National Intelligence Council. insiders said.
“He will not give up his goal of subordinating Ukraine” and “having a pro-Russian government there,” Stent said.
Zelenskyy said Sunday that the besieged city of Mariupol was dealing with a “humanitarian catastrophe” caused by blocked humanitarian corridors and failed ceasefires.
“There were many people and all corridors were blocked, including humanitarian corridors, food and water supplies,” Zelenskyy said. “The evacuation will only take place if the Russian side agrees to a Ukrainian proposal to open a corridor. So there is simply no corridor for food or water in the Russian-occupied cities.”
He added that in Mariupol “there are many dead bodies on the streets. Many wounded among military and civilians.”
As for the evacuations, some people had to walk despite the deadly conditions, Zelenskyy said.
“Some of them walk dozens of kilometers to reach where we are,” he said. “Many of them died on their way. Some of them had to be picked up by other people and taken out of these blocked cities… So many people were shot at and killed.”
He added that the war must end “if we don’t want hundreds of thousands, millions to die”.