This became the title of this celebration created two years back that Zelenksyy contributed to success when he had been chosen in April 2019.
In the last ten years, that nation has witnessed a revolution, the annexation of Crimea and a continuing armed conflict in the east; a battle that the president asserted, throughout the interview, had a high possibility’ of finishing this season.
“A typical citizen”
A lot of things to do, a lot of things, tons of unique benefits, to tell the truth. Nonetheless, it feels as though it was yesterday.
“There are tons of unique issues when you’re simply a normal citizen.
“I mentioned it and it’s correct I shall always be just a normal individual. What’s extremely important to me is once I’m not a president of Ukraine, I shall continue to have the ability to walk down the roads. Not Just in Kyiv, but around Ukraine.
“The ideal result is if folks are pleased with me, but without this, at the least that I need people to say’hello’ to me. I expect they will not feel like saying something harsh to the worst thing — I expect people will not feel like spitting in my head.
He states that his behavior has been very considerably with posterity in mind:
“What was remarkable over this moment, just over a year, whatever I have done – I did it in a sense to not be ashamed.of.
“I do, I do it in a manner that my children will not be ashamed of and above all, so my parents are not ashamed. For me, that is quite significant.
“Apart from that, it’s straightforward. Aside from tactical troubles, a president must sort out regular challenges”
War from the east
“You know more about the war from the east — it does not stop, it is not just like a working week, even when it is 5 days per week.
“The war is occurring 24/7 and daily, there are issues and challenges. They want answers that deliver results and measures ahead.
“Since that time, it is dependent upon these measures the number of people died, how many were hurt.
“And the number of lives you, the President of Ukraine, can spare. However, you do phone calls, visiting the frontline.
“I understand that if I’m at the frontline, they will not take; they’re fearful. That’s the reason I’m always telling anybody from the authorities or anybody by the presidential office, any government – visit the frontline. Why? Because they will not open fire that far.”
Considering that the discussions declared concerning the situation from the east at the Normandy Format (so because Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and France were the four forces who fulfilled throughout the D-Day party in Normandy) in the Paris summit in December this past year,” Mr. Zelenskyy reported he was permitting one year to acquire effects. With only a couple of weeks ahead, I asked him exactly what the present situation was and what progress was attained within this 1-year deadline?
He insisted that it had been going ahead:
“It’s moving, but maybe not as quickly as I anticipated. There’ll be a Normandy format assembly.
“Additionally, there was a captive exchange.
“Just how much more time is necessary? I don’t understand. I believe that the next Normandy format assembly usually means that there is a higher probability of finishing the war”
I asked him which induced him to pause for some time.
“When you can. I wish to think it will be this season. I truly need to think it and that I DO think, I do. When it was just me up personally if it depended solely on me…
“I don’t wish to provide you names today, but in contrast with the last group, nobody desired it as much as I do, not even near as much. Nobody has done as much concerning speeding up the procedure and placing pressure on it.
“And everybody sees it! And I don’t mean merely us in Ukraine. Our spouses view it, our overseas partners. They all see it.
“I do know that nobody could end (the war) quicker than me”
“There’s still a little bit of time since you mentioned and as I promised. That’s the reason why I wish to proceed in this manner. And if it does not work — then we’ll consider other choices.”
“Yes, I am if it is needed.
“So far, there’s due to this dialog and we view it. It’s insufficient. I’m not frightened of this direct conversation with Russia’s president. I believe that’s the ideal thing to do.
“When we’ve got an option to speak and the outcomes of these talks can help move ahead toward finishing the war, then it needs to be achieved, however different individuals or different areas react to the.
“If there’s no dialogue, there’ll be no outcome. This I know very clearly. When there’s no dialogue, in case there aren’t any telephone calls if needed, there’ll not be a calm outcome.
Even though the Minsk process and also the Normandy arrangement talks are worried about the problem in the east of Ukraine, I requested President Zelensky concerning the procedures and the status of discussions involving Crimea and its annexation:
“As it pertains to Crimea, the problem is much more complex, I believe.
“I will say frankly, I’ve thought a good deal about it. From the Normandy format, nobody wants to speak about Crimea, particularly Russia. I raised this problem. However, we’ve committed all of the opportunities to Donbas.
“Russia doesn’t wish to discuss it and I’m not frightened of stating that, most of us know it. We should not have allowed them to accept Crimea. That’s a large issue. We simply should not have.
“But now we can not be kicking ourselves on how it occurred. I am certain that one day, everybody is going to be held accountable for this. A lot of people engaged in it.
“However, Crimea is our land. We’ll make it back. However, there isn’t any serious and effective platform to talk about that, besides our global discussions and agreements with our overseas partners that led to sanctions and pressure on Russia for its illegal annexation of Crimea.
“The president (Petro Poroshenko) stated that matters were moving ahead and a lot was done to attract Crimea back. But I am telling you frankly — as of now, there’s not any powerful platform to increase this problem.
“And I believe that a stage such as this hasn’t yet been established over the 6 decades, it does not exist. Except for sanctions, and I am quite thankful to our partners because of these sanctions. We’ve been discussing our partners are stretching those sanctions. That isn’t only Europe, but also the US and other nations which are helping a whole lot.
“Am I going to do something different?
I asked him when the problem from the east had priority within Crimea:
“Both problems are a priority. So with this specific human variable, for me, this is the first location.
“But they’re in precisely the same amount because both lands are all ours, they must return.”
I asked him if They’d return:
“You know the way they sometimes say in films,’You will be the first person to learn!'”
I said that there was a good deal of attention beyond Ukraine within the last year which was paid to his connection with US President Donald Trump. This has included continuing allegations which President Trump and his staff tried to coerce Ukraine into exploring 2020 Democratic Party presidential main candidate Joe Biden and his son.
I’m quite thankful for him to his group and generally, I am quite thankful for the US support for Ukraine.
“They’re encouraging Ukraine and it isn’t merely about the military help that they’ve improved and our army drills together with the NATO, our naval drills and how they encourage us geopolitically and together with the sanctions.
“For instance, they supported us as it arrived into the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The US does a great deal for Ukraine.
“This is the reason why intervening from the US presidential election – which is the biggest mistake any leader in another individual country can create. It’s their decision.”
I asked him if there was anything besides the scenes concerning the problem with President Trump.
“Together with of the state leaders I fulfill, there’s always something behind the scenes, constantly. That is normal, as there are a lot of items that can’t be simply told like this. Since a number of them are tactical. No, I Can’t. Why? Because then it won’t happen. It is as straightforward as that. It’s merely unnecessary info.”
I asked him whether he believed that the EU was keeping its space:
“I believe that the European Union does need Ukraine for a spouse and it will need Ukraine from the EU. Not all of the EU member states need it, it’s correct, not all nations. It appears to me that they aren’t 100% convinced in Ukraine.
“Second, I believe Europe is wary regarding Russia since Russia shows that it does not want Ukraine to become pro-European. They have their own business moving on, their particular connections.
Even though it means losing money due to sanctions from Russia. I’m thankful to them for it.
“I presume, what’s very important to the Ukrainian people would be to create Europe’s place on Ukraine 100% apparent. And I inquired many European leaders that this question – what would you need Ukrainians to perform, step by step, to become an EU member?
“And if the Ukrainians do this response, they will see just how long we want for this, if we’re in a position to do everything and when we shall do it.
“What’s required is the obvious understanding that we want that right now. Both Ukraine and Europe want it today.
“On if Europe desires us whether we would like to be with Europe – that I believe we only need to turn into the nation that Europe really might desire. And no one is going to have any uncertainty and Ukraine are the ones to pick.”
Our conversation turned to the continuing protests in Belarus, which are increasingly in comparison to this revolution in Ukraine a couple of years back. I asked him when he saw similarities:
“I would not need them to have comparable occasions to that which we had in 2014. I don’t need to have the Belarus individuals to perish, I do not need them to be taken dead or to have any other severe bloodshed due to the government.
“Second, I truly believe it isn’t too late for the government and the culture to begin a dialogue. The (election) result doesn’t matter. Here, it’s not about the outcome. It’s all about the best way to this outcome. This way shouldn’t be paved with blood.
“And the next thing that I will tell you frankly, but I will not state it since the president of Ukraine certainly doesn’t need to intervene at the Belarus election and that I won’t do it. Ukraine won’t intervene. It’s their politics”
“I’d certainly say’in 1 month there’ll be a fresh vote. Everybody would like to conduct – proceed!’
And I would inform the Belarus individuals please, select exactly what you desire. ‘
“And after THAT outcome – there will be no more queries. I am convinced about it.
“If Lukashenko would win he’d win if somebody else could win – then it is somebody else. But everybody would be calm, with no blood, it’d be fair and could make history”