Ukraine’s President Tells CNN He Has Difficulty Believing In The Reliability Of ‘some Countries Or Some Leaders’ After The Escalation Of The War

Ukraine’s President Tells CNN He Has Difficulty Believing In The Reliability Of ‘some Countries Or Some Leaders’ After The Escalation Of The War

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3 hr 29 min agoZelensky: “I don’t believe the world, after we have seen what’s going on in Ukraine” From CNN’s Jake Tapper / Written by CNN’s Maureen Chowdhury

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with CNN’s Jake Tapper. (CNN)Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he has difficulty believing in the reliability of “some countries or some leaders” after the escalation of the war in his country.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Zelensky during an exclusive interview about whether he finds statements when world leaders use the term “never again,” a slogan that is associated with Holocaust and often uttered after crimes against humanity, “hollow” now.

“You lost ancestors in the Holocaust. Every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, politicians put out statements that say, never again, never again. Those statements must seem really hollow right now to you. When the world says never again, do they ever mean it?” Tapper asked.

Zelensky responded, “I don’t believe the world. After we have seen what’s going on in Ukraine, we’ve — I mean that I don’t believe to this feeling that we should believe to the — to the — some countries or some leaders. We don’t believe the words. After the escalation of Russia, we don’t believe our neighbors. We don’t believe all of this.” The Ukrainian president went on to say that he doesn’t even believe in documented security assurances and international law as the war in Ukraine rages, and with Russia accused of alleged war crimes.

“Even I don’t believe documents, because we also have a Budapest Memorandum — I think you know all of the details of this. For me, that is just a piece of paper and costs nothing,” Zelensky said

Zelensky told CNN that his faith and his belief lies with practical, tangible efforts and the Ukrainian people.

“We just believe contracted, pragmatic things. If you are our friends or partners, give us weapons, give us hand, give us support us, give us money and stop Russia, kick Russia. You can do it if you’re a friend. If you think about this democracy and everything just of this moment because we have the same thoughts, if we are speaking about freedom, not because we want to have dialogue about freedom,” he said.

Zelensky continued, “The only belief there is belief in ourselves, in our people, belief in our Armed Forces, and the belief that countries are going to support us not just with their words but with their actions. And that’s it. Never again … Really, everybody is talking about this and yet, as you can see, not everyone has got the guts.”

3 hr 51 min ago41 bodies recovered so far in Borodianka apartment complexes destroyed by Russian shellingFrom CNN’s Katharina Krebs in London

Rescue workers carry a body found among the rubble of a destroyed apartment building on April 9 in Borodianka, Ukraine. (Alexey Furman/Getty Images)Ukrainian rescuers on Saturday found a body of a civilian in Borodianka, Kyiv, region, while dismantling the rubble of two high-rise apartment buildings destroyed by Russian shelling, raising the number of civilian casualties from the strikes to 41 dead, the country’s State Emergency Service reported on its verified Telegram page on Sunday. 

On Saturday, rescuers finished dismantling the debris of two additional buildings destroyed by strikes, completing the search in five out of seven destroyed residential towers in the city since the efforts began on April 6.

A destroyed apartment building is seen in Borodianka, Ukraine on April 9. (Alexey Furman/Getty Images)4 hr 6 min agoUkraine’s president won’t give up territory in the east to end the war with RussiaFrom CNN’s Jeremy Herb

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with CNN’s Jake Tapper. (CNN)Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN that Ukraine is not willing to give up territory in the eastern part of the country to end the war with Russia, and Ukraine’s military is prepared to fight Moscow’s military in the Donbas region in a battle he says could influence the course of the entire war.

Zelensky said in an exclusive interview Friday with CNN’s Jake Tapper from the office of the president in Kyiv that his country has no guarantee that Russia wouldn’t try again to seize Kyiv if it is able to capture Donbas.

“This is why it is very important for us to not allow them, to stand our ground, because this battle … it can influence the course of the whole war,” Zelensky said.

“Because I don’t trust the Russian military and Russian leadership,” he continued. “That is why we understand that the fact that we fought them off and they left, and they were running away from Kyiv — from the north, from Chernihiv and from that direction — it doesn’t mean if they are able to capture Donbas, they won’t come further towards Kyiv.”Some more context: It is more than seven weeks into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine. Ukraine’s military has seen successes resisting Russia’s offensive that have come as a surprise to US intelligence — and a Kremlin that had planned for a quick and decisive victory.

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4 hr 9 min agoIt’s 3 p.m. in Kyiv. Here’s what you need to knowA resident looks at a building damaged during heavy fighting in Mariupol, Ukraine on April 16.  (Alexei Alexandrov/AP)Ukrainian soldiers surrounded in the devastated southeastern city Mariupol have refused Russia’s demand to surrender “in order to save their lives” and continued fighting, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Here are the latest developments:

Mariupol under siege: Russian officials said that Ukrainian soldiers holding out in a giant steel plant in the southeastern city of Mariupol ignored their “offer” to “voluntarily lay down arms and surrender in order to save their lives.” An estimated 100,000 people remain in Mariupol and its immediate surroundings, which are reported to be largely under Russian control, with Ukrainian troops confined to pockets of resistance. ‘Inhuman situation’: On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the situation in Mariupol “inhuman,” saying he and his administration had been trying every day to end the weeks-long siege through both military and diplomatic channels. No way out: Attempts to agree on safe evacuation routes for civilians trapped in fighting in southern and eastern Ukraine on Sunday have failed, but local officials urged people to leave the area nevertheless.Zelensky open to talks: In an article posted on the presidential website, Zelensky said he was open to talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin — but said negotiations would become impossible if any further Russian war crimes surface.The sunken warship: Russian state news agency TASS released video Saturday purportedly showing the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, meeting with the crew of the sunk guided-missile cruiser Moskva in the city of Sevastopol. Russia has released no information about casualties aboard the Moskva. It was unclear how many crew members were aboard, or how many survived.US aid arrives: Supplies from the US have begun arriving in Ukraine, a White House official said on Saturday. The Biden administration’s latest aid package includes heavy-duty weaponry for the first time, including hel

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