Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking from the country’s capital Kyiv, expressed concern that Russian President Vladimir Putin would potentially be willing to deploy chemical weapons against Ukraine.
When asked by CNN if he was concerned about the possibility of a nuclear assault, Mr Zelensky responded, “Not only me – all of the globe, all of the countries ought to be concerned.”
“Chemical weapons,” he added. They could do it because the lives of the people are meaningless to them. That is the reason. We should consider not to be fearful, not to be afraid, but to be prepared.
“But, I believe, it is not a question for Ukraine, but for the entire globe.”
According to Mr. Zelensky, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 Ukrainian forces have died and an additional 10,000 have been injured in the battle.
He is, however, unsure about the civilian death toll.
“It is very difficult to talk about civilians because we don’t know how many people have died in that area that is blocked in the south of our nation, where the towns and cities are stopped – Kherson, Berdyansk, Mariupol farther east, and the territory to the east where Volnovakha located,” he said.
He also discussed the recent sinking of Russia’s flagship Moskva battleship.
The Ukrainian president stated that the sinking was not a “tragedy,” and that the fewer weaponry the Russian Federation has, the better it is for them.
Maksym Marchenko, governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region, said his country’s soldiers attacked the ship with two Neptune anti-ship missiles. Russian officials confirmed that their flagship vessel had sunk as a result of an ammunition explosion.
According to Russia, all 500 crew members were rescued on Wednesday. According to Ukrainian officials, some of those on board died, including the ship’s captain.
Since invading Ukraine, the Russian Federation has suffered damage to two major naval assets: the Moskva and the Alligator-class landing ship Saratov, according to the Ministry of Defence in London.
In the aftermath of the incident, British defense chiefs said on Friday that Russia is likely to reconsider its maritime posture in the Black Sea.