Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky prior to Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, urged him to deliver a strong and ‘useful’ message about the Russian invasion.
Speaking in an interview with CNN, Zelensky said as long as Moscow keeps attacking Ukrainian cities, little progress could be made in talks between the two nations.
“You have to speak first of all. Everybody has to stop fighting and to go [back] to that point from where it began five, six days ago,” Zelensky said. “It’s important to stop bombing people and then we can move on and sit at the negotiation table.”
Zelensky stressed that Joe Biden and Americans should understand that the war in Ukraine is a war for democracy and freedom.
“He is one of the leaders of the world and it is very important that the people of the United States understand (that) despite the fact that the war is in Ukraine … it is [a] war for the values of democracy, freedom,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky reiterated calls for the US and NATO to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine or put boots on the ground. “I’ve already addressed and (spoken) to some Western leaders with this request, because I do believe that leaders do have to support democratic countries and they have to help them.”
“When we talk about no-fly (zones), we’re looking back into history … and that doesn’t mean that we need to draw another country into the war. And, frankly, you know, everyone is drawn into the war now.”
“I’ve spoken to Biden many times,” Zelensky said. “And I’ve told them many times that Ukraine will resist and fight stronger than anyone else but on our own against Russia we won’t manage it.”
“That’s why if somebody wants to help us, everybody has to act swiftly,” Zelensky added. “This is the moment.”