Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the Associated Press that Ukraine cannot lose the seven-month battle for Bakhmut without Vladimir Putin feeling blood. In the interview, he also talked about inviting Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Kiev. “We’re ready to see him here,” he said.
– If Bakhmut falls, the president Russia will sell this win to the West, to its society, ChinaIran, said the president Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview conducted by the AP on Tuesday on a train heading to Kiev from the north of the country. “If he smells any blood, he senses that we are weak, he (Putin) will push, push, push,” he added.
While some analysts point out that Bakhmut is of no strategic importance, Zelensky warned that a loss anywhere at this stage of the war could jeopardize the Ukraine momentum. – War is like a cake – pieces of victories. Small victories, small wins, he explained.
Zelensky’s words confirm that a defeat in the battle for Bakhmut would be more a costly political failure than a tactical failure, the AP stressed.
According to the president, a failure in Bakhmut would quickly bring pressure both from the international community and within the country. – Our society will feel tired. Our society will pressure me to compromise. He said he doesn’t feel any pressure right now.
Zelensky invited Xi to Kiev. “We are ready to see him here”
During the conversation, he invited Chinese leader Xi Jinping to pay a visit to Ukraine. – We’re ready to see him here. I want to talk to him. I had contact with him before the full-blown war. But throughout this year, more than a year, I haven’t had one,” he said.
According to Zelensky, the purpose of Putin’s announcement of the plan to deploy tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus is to divert attention from the lack of guarantees from China. – What does it mean? It means the visit wasn’t good for Russia,” he said, referring to Xi’s visit to Moscow last week.
The president admitted that he fears that next year’s reshuffle of political forces in the US may affect the course of the war. – United States they really understand that if they stop helping us, we won’t win.”
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