Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanks Canada but slays Iran | War in Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanks Canada but slays Iran | War in Ukraine

Ukrainian leader speaks to media Canadians for the first time since the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in interview with Radio-Canada, CBC and CTV.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was “grateful” for Canada's support for Ukraine after calling for more arms deliveries from Ukraine. #x27;Ottawa and its allies.

Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to Canadian media on Wednesday for the first time since the Russian invasion. He gave a long interview to Radio-Canada, CBC and CTV at the presidential palace in kyiv.

Among other things, he praised the efforts made by the Trudeau government since the beginning of the war on February 24. Canada responds quickly when it comes to offering support to Ukraine, he said.

“It's not just about our relationship with [Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau, although it has a direct impact on our warm relationship and the ability to talk to each other at any time.

— Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine

Since the start of the Russian invasion, the Canadian Armed Forces have provided weapons, armored vehicles and military equipment, in addition to training Ukrainian soldiers.

Ottawa has provided more than $600 million in military aid and last week pledged $47 million in additional aid, including artillery shells, surveillance drones and winter clothing.

This is a modest amount of aid compared to that of the United States, which supplies the majority of arms to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the meeting with the correspondent of Radio-Canada in Europe, Marie-Eve Bédard

Ukraine has been calling for heavy weapons from its Western allies for months to hold the front against the Russian army. In particular, kyiv would like to strengthen its air defense systems to deal with bombardments, which Canada does not have.

In an interview, the president was nonetheless conciliatory. Canada is not only supporting Ukraine with armored vehicles, and I am very grateful for that […], but we [in addition] have "armoured support", he said. -he says.

He stressed that the two countries have common values ​​and history and that the Ukrainian community in Canada is important. It's more than a partnership, it's like being parents, despite the distance, he said.

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During the interview, the president also took aim at Iran for allegedly supplying drones to the Russians. These devices have become the main weapons used by Moscow against Ukrainian cities and against Ukraine's civilian energy infrastructure.

Iran accepts dirty money and is responsible for killing Ukrainians, he said.

“High officials in Iran deny that they sold drones. But we see hundreds of strikes on civilian infrastructure, schools and universities.

—Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine

These Shahed-136 type drones are an additional reason to strengthen Ukraine's air defense, the president argued. The United States and European countries can help, he added.

During the interview, the Ukrainian leader paused to look at his phone portable. Five Shahed-136 drones had just been shot down by Ukrainian troops.

These are the situations we have to face, he illustrated, putting away his cell phone in his pocket.

Ukrainian President Volodymy Zelensky thanks Canada for the support it has given his country since the beginning of this war. He gave an exclusive interview to Radio-Canada and CTV, the first to Canadian media. The details of our special correspondent in kyiv Marie-Eve Bédard.

The Ukrainian leader also accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of practicing nuclear blackmail, with the formal appropriation of the Zaporizhia plant this month. The largest nuclear power plant in Europe, it has been occupied by the Russians since March.

The Ukrainian President is therefore calling for stronger intervention by the international community towards Russia, which he has described as a terrorist state. He believes that with the Russian president currently in office, the threat of nuclear weapons cannot be ruled out.

“I believe that the seizure of the nuclear power plant [by the Russians] is a step taken towards the nuclear threat […]. You never know what they are going to do: they may try to impose conditions or cut off the electricity, and that is what they do.

— Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine

Mr. Zelensky predicted that Russia will soon lose the trust of its people after months of fighting. He reiterated that he guarantees security for Russian soldiers who surrender to Ukrainian forces.

The leader, however, said he does not plan to negotiations with Russia as long as the occupied territories have not been liberated.

With comments by Marie- Eve Bedard

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