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Zelensky says the world will not allow Russia to use nuclear weapons

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he does not believe Russia will use nuclear weapons in a war in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently issued new escalating rhetoric that he will use all means necessary to achieve his goals in Ukraine.

Speaking to German media on Wednesday, Zelensky said Russia would not be allowed to act on nuclear threats.

I don’t believe he will use these weapons, he said. “I don’t believe the world will allow him to use these weapons.”

Zelensky added that Ukraine and its allies should not succumb to Putin’s threats.

“Tomorrow Putin may say, ‘In addition to Ukraine, we also want part of Poland, or we will use nuclear weapons.’ We cannot agree on such compromises,” he said.

Putin also announced that the Russian military would increase mobilization to bolster its armed forces.

Zelensky said Russia had already been mobilizing over the past month, noting the low morale of the Russian military.

“We already know that they mobilized cadets, people who couldn’t fight,” he said. “These cadets have fallen. They couldn’t even complete their training. All these guys can’t fight. They’ve come to us and died.”

Zelensky said Putin needs “millions of troops” because many of his troops who meet Ukrainian forces on the battlefield “just run away.”

He added that Putin “wants to drown Ukraine in blood, including the blood of its own soldiers.”

Zelensky’s adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons showed the Kremlin “still doesn’t understand who it’s dealing with.”

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