“I have heard several times from certain States which do not want to give us weapons quickly because our soldiers are not ready, from a technical point of view, to use them”, he added. “But the instructors of such equipment, our instructors, will prepare our troops for combat. If it’s an airplane, for example, the pilots can be ready in two weeks. Whether it’s kamikaze drones, artillery, howitzer or multiple rocket launcher system) MLRS complexes, we have very smart people for these, we have had training with NATO countries.
Zelensky promises Mariupol forces will not surrender
“They say they’re ready to let all the military go if they surrender. But they’re not going to surrender. They don’t want to do that and that’s why it’s a complicated and tragic situation because the And without that, the Russians are not ready to let them go,” Zelensky said. “When you can agree with the Russians to let them go, without weapons, but after that they will do is shoot them down. That’s why nobody trusts Russia now.”
Zelensky added that Ukraine wanted to take the wounded from Mariupol but Russian forces would not let them.
“We wanted to take the wounded. We talked about it as a humanitarian mission. Give us back the wounded,” he said. “We even planned for Turkey to mediate and pick up the wounded, civilians and soldiers. They won’t let them out because we understand that Russia just wants to shoot them down.”
“We wanted to take the wounded. We were talking about a humanitarian mission. Give us back the wounded!” he said. “We even planned for Turkey to mediate and pick up the wounded, civilians and soldiers. They won’t let them out because we understand that Russia just wants to shoot them down.”
The situation in Mariupol is grim. Much of the city was destroyed by Russian bombing. The civilian structures targeted included a maternity ward and a theater where up to 1,300 people sought refuge.
Although many have fled, around 100,000 people still remain in the city and its immediate surroundings, which are believed to be largely under Russian control.
Zelensky lobbied for European countries to cut off Russian oil. Asked about Russian fuel flowing through pipelines in Ukraine, Zelensky replied: “Yes, we understand this problem.”
“We understand how much money Russia makes on energy carriers. And yes, first of all, we call for an oil embargo because they make 1 billion a day on oil. And we call for an embargo on the gas next,” Zelensky said. “And we are fighting together and looking at those options. But it’s transit. We have a transit agreement. That’s why it’s necessary to have an agreement between Europe and Russia, so they have an embargo on the gas supply. And then there will be no transit.”
Zelensky added that Russian forces have targeted Ukrainian gas pipelines to try to suggest to European countries that they cannot rely on Ukraine.
“That’s what Russia is aiming for. They are trying to do this in order to show that Ukraine is not able to supply gas safely,” Zelensky said. “They’re doing it and they’ve been doing it for a while now because they want an opportunity to reopen Nord Stream 2. And we’re watching it constantly. I’ve already spoken to our European partners about it, I don’t want to say to what leaders I’ve been talking to. I told them, please put a gas embargo, please. We’re willing to lose money. Money ain’t the thing. most important to us. People are most important.