During an interview with Martha Raddatz that aired this weekend on ABC’s This Week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy upended Donald Trump’s now infamous claim that he could end the war between Zelenskyy’s country and Russia in a day if only given the chance.
Zelenskyy pointed out that an earlier version of the conflict was already underway before Russia launched its more extensive invasion of Ukraine early last year — and that earlier period included time when Trump was, in fact, in office. Zelenskyy also derided the notion of a solution to the war in Ukraine simply meaning his country allowing for Russians to take over at least some of the territory Putin wants. It’s already been shown in the circumstances seen in Ukrainian areas that Russian soldiers temporarily captured what they’d do if given the opportunity — mass murder combined with violently terrorizing and uprooting the population that remains, forcing them under Vladimir Putin’s control.
Remember the sham votes held in occupied Ukrainian provinces where armed soldiers were among those administering the ballot question of whether to join up politically with Russia? U.S. weapons are, in general, not the source for aggression in this war. If anything, what’s seemingly the case is that the assistance has helped with keeping impacts on Ukrainian civilians from proving even more extensive.
“It seems to me that the sole desire to bring the war to an end is beautiful,” Zelenskyy told Raddatz on ABC. “But this desire should be based on some real-life experience. Well, it looks as if Donald Trump had already these 24 hours once in his time. We were at war, not a full-scale war, but we were at war, and as I assume, he had that time at his disposal, but he must have had some other priorities. If we are talking about ending the war at the cost of Ukraine, in other words to make us give up our territories, well, I think, in this way, Biden could have brought it to an end even in five minutes, but we would not agree.”
Check out Zelenskyy’s comments, which he provided through a translator, in the below video:
President Zelenskyy responds to Donald Trump’s ridiculous claim that he’d end the war in 24 hours:
“It looks as if Donald Trump had already these 24 hours once in his time. We were at war, not a full-scale war…he had that time at his disposal, but he must have had some other… pic.twitter.com/uQyuq59sJc
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