Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been talking on the US political talkshow Face the Nation, accusing Russia of making an attempt to wipe out Ukraine and its individuals, and calling for the Russian president Vladimir Putin and his navy commanders to be held accountable for atrocities allegedly dedicated by withdrawing Russian troops.
“This is genocide, the elimination of the whole nation and the people,” the Ukraine president advised the host of the CBS present, Margaret Brennan, talking by way of an interpreter.
“We are the citizens of Ukraine, we have more than 100 nationalities. This is about the destruction and extermination of all these nationalities.”
The rising pictures of Ukraine residents mendacity useless in the streets, he stated, had been abhorrent.
“When we find people with hands tied behind their back and decapitated, such things I don’t understand. I don’t comprehend the kids who were killed and tortured. It wasn’t enough just to kill, for those criminals? Maybe they wanted to take gold, or washing machines as they were killing, but they were also torturing them as they did this.”
About holding the perpetrators accountable for war crimes, Zelenskiy added: “It wouldn’t be fair to take only [Putin]. All the military commanders, everyone who gave instructions and orders should be punished adequately.”
He wouldn’t say what he believed the punishment needs to be, however stated: “Everything has to be fair and according to justice, as the civilised world will decide. We believe in justice, in the justice of the western world.”
Zelenskiy stated he can be prepared to fulfill Putin for dialogue solely after a ceasefire in Ukraine.
“It’s difficult to say how, after all what has been done, we can have any kind of negotiations with Russia. That’s on the personal level. But as a president, I have to do it,” he stated.
“There is no any other way but dialogue if we don’t want hundreds of thousands or millions to die [but] I can’t even have a meeting when the shelling is going on. So first, the ceasefire. Then we can have a meeting.”