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As the Russian war on Ukraine rages on and the list of gruesome murders of Ukrainian civilians continues to mount, on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the media in a briefing that his country would have to behave under a stage of siege even after the end of the conflict with Russia, as was reported by the Middle East Eye web site.

“We will become a ‘big Israel’ with its own face. We will not be surprised if we have representatives of the Armed Forces or the National Guard in cinemas, supermarkets, and people with weapons. I am confident that the question of security will be the issue number one for the next ten years. I am sure of it.”

MEE also reported that despite this, he said the country would not become “an authoritarian state”, which he said was “impossible” in Ukraine.

“An authoritarian state would lose to Russia. People know what they are fighting for,” he said. He added that “Ukraine will definitely not be what we wanted it to be from the beginning. It is impossible. Absolutely liberal, European – it will not be like that,” he said.

Zelensky, who is Jewish, has long hailed Israel as a model for his country, though he has also been critical of the Israeli government’s decision to maintain a relatively neutral line on the conflict, as was reported by MEE.

Ukraine has persistently resisted Russian demands that it de-militarize, with Zelensky clarifying on Tuesday that his country must have an army to defend its people against Russian aggression in the future, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

There will also need to be countries that provide Ukraine with security guarantees, Zelensky said as he listed Israel as one of those countries, the report indicated.

Zelensky also said that, “All this is being discussed at the level of advisers and leaders with France, the United States, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Israel, and there are many friends who want to join. So far, we have not received a specific list of guarantees and a list of countries that are ready to join us 100%,” as was reported by the JPost.

He added that, “We need serious players who are ready for anything. We need a circle of states that are ready to provide any weapons within 24 hours. We need individual countries on which sanctions policy really depends, so that these sanctions are deeply elaborated in advance. So that in the first second when we feel the threat from the Russian Federation, these states will unite and within three days introduce everything at once, block everything.”

Zelensky talked to the media before his address to the UN Security Council, according to the JPost report. “We are dealing with a state that turns its veto at the UN Security Council into the right to (cause) death,” Zelensky said in a live video address from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, urging reform of the world body. “Russia wants to turn Ukraine into silent slaves,” he continued.

According to a report on Ynet.com, Zelensky was speaking after accusing Russian troops of carrying out extra-judicial killings in the town of Bucha west of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

“All of us, including myself, will perceive even the possibility of negotiations as a challenge,” Zelensky said. “The challenge is internal, first of all, one’s own, human challenge. Then, when you pull yourself together, and you have to do it, I think that we have no other choice.”

He said the events in Bucha were unforgivable and signaled that Moscow should recognize what its troops were alleged to have done, as was reported by Ynet.

Ynet also reported that the Russian news agency Interfax cited a deputy Russian foreign minister as saying talks between the two sides were continuing via video link.

Zelensky also said that “Ukraine had no option but to negotiate with Russia to end fighting,” but him and Russian President Vladimir Putin might not talk in person.

Responding to Zelenskyy’s address, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council: “We’ve heard once again a huge amount of lies about Russian soldiers and military.”

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the reports of civilian killings in Bucha were “fakes” aimed at discrediting Russia.

Ynet reported that Russia’s Defense Ministry also denied responsibility, saying that all its units “withdrew completely from Bucha as early as March 30,”

Satellite images released on Monday appear to refute Russian assertions that dead bodies in civilian clothing found in Bucha had appeared there after Russian forces retreated from the devastated Ukrainian town, according to the Ynet report.

Russia says it launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24 to demilitarize and “denazify” a country that President Vladimir Putin regards as an illegitimate state. The Kremlin’s position is rejected by Ukraine, a parliamentary democracy, and the West as a pretext for an unprovoked invasion. (Sources: MEE, Ynet.com & JPost)

 

 

 

 

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