Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky opposes the statements of former US President Donald Trump In an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Trump has repeatedly claimed this year that he could have ended the war in Ukraine within 24 hours if he had been president of the United States.
– I don’t understand when Donald Trump says: “I could have gathered Putin and Zelensky around a table and ended the war in 24 hours.” Trump could have done it, but it didn’t happen, says Zelensky.
The war in Ukraine began in 2014 with Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and partial occupation by Russian hybrid forces of Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
Three years later, Donald Trump was in the White House.
The war in Donbass flared up periodically, but in practice there was a stalemate between Ukraine and the mixed Russian forces until February 24 last year.
– Yes, maybe the question was not urgent at that time, because there was no large-scale war, but our lands were completely occupied, Zelensky says about Trump’s statements.
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The Ukrainian president then praised current US President Joe Biden, but was careful not to criticize Trump.
– President Biden is the president during the total war, and he has given us more help than President Trump has, if we are talking about the different governments. At the same time, we have to remember that it was not an all-out war at the time, and I’m not sure how Trump will react, says Zelensky.
Then the Ukrainian president is asked about the prospects for a new Trump presidency, and whether that will put pressure on Ukraine.
– In the current situation, when there is support, one is afraid of changes. And to be honest, when you talk about changing the government, I feel the same way as everyone else: You want changes that lead to improvement, but it can also be the other way around, Zelensky says.
Ukraine and Volodymyr Zelensky had a strained relationship with former US President Donald Trump.
Trump was first impeached after he tried in 2019 to persuade Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who was previously part of the board of the Ukrainian company Burisma.
To pressure Zelensky to do his own thing, Trump withheld nearly $400 million — NOK 4.4 billion at today’s exchange rate — in military aid, which Congress had decided to donate to Ukraine.
Congress acquitted Trump during his impeachment trial.
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