Zelenskyy: I Survived Multiple Putin Assassination Attempts

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed various challenges faced by Ukraine in its ongoing conflict, including surviving multiple assassination attempts he believes were orchestrated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the need for support from the United States and Europe, and the impact of the war on Ukrainian people.

Zelenskyy likened his experience with assassination attempts to dealing with a pandemic. “The first one is quite a shock, like the initial encounter with COVID. Initially, there’s uncertainty and fear,” he commented.

He revealed that Russian special forces had attempted to assassinate him on the first day of the invasion, leading to urgent security measures including the construction of makeshift barricades around his office.

Regarding the total number of attempts on his life, including an air strike plot in Mykolaiv, Zelenskyy admitted uncertainty, saying, “I really don’t know,” when asked about the exact count.

The Ukrainian leader also spoke about the possibility of a peace agreement, emphasizing the unwavering spirit and resolve of the Ukrainian populace in their fight for sovereignty.

“Ask our people if they’re ready to concede land to Russia or discuss terms with the Russians to conclude this conflict. Are they prepared for compromises with Putin or feeling fatigued? Their response will be clear: we are not weary. We will continue to stand our ground,” Zelenskyy declared.

Zelenskyy dismissed the idea of holding elections under martial law, considering it unlawful and divisive in the current war context. He acknowledged the difficulties Ukraine faces on the battlefield, especially in air defense. “Morally, we are not in a deadlock. This is our homeland, and the Russians are invaders. There’s no stalemate in our resolve,” he stated, highlighting the need for air support from Western allies.

In terms of international aid, Zelenskyy referred to the uncertainty in the U.S. Congress regarding President Joe Biden’s proposal for a $60 billion aid package for Ukraine. He suggested that a delay or reduction in support could potentially prolong the conflict indefinitely.