President Zelenskyy Warns of World Order at Stake in Ukraine War

President Zelenskyy: The 2023 60 Minutes Interview 13:25

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says world order is at stake in the Ukraine war. In a recent 60 Minutes interview with Scott Pelley, Zelenskyy expressed his concerns about the potential consequences if Ukraine were to fall to Russian aggression. He warned that such an outcome could lead to a Third World War, with Poland and the Baltic states being the next targets. Zelenskyy emphasized that Ukraine is not just fighting for its own freedom, but for the values of the entire world.

When asked about the level of support from the United States, Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for the financial assistance provided thus far, which amounts to approximately $70 billion. However, he stressed that the support goes beyond Ukraine, as the stability of the entire world is at stake. Zelenskyy questioned what the United States would do if Putin were to advance further and reach the Baltic states or the Polish border. He urged the international community to recognize the magnitude of the situation and the sacrifices being made by Ukrainian people.

Zelenskyy also discussed the threat of nuclear war posed by Russia. He suggested that Putin would use the risk of using nuclear weapons to fuel instability in the United States and Europe. Zelenskyy expressed concerns about the upcoming U.S. presidential election, as he believes Putin is waiting for the country to become less stable. Despite some delays in receiving military aid, Zelenskyy expressed gratitude for President Biden’s support.

Regarding the progress of the counteroffensive, Zelenskyy admitted that it has been slow but emphasized that Ukrainian troops, mostly comprised of draftees, are moving forward. The frontline, spanning 700 miles, has turned into an intense artillery duel, with both sides firing 40,000 shells daily. Zelenskyy stressed the importance of liberating as much territory as possible and not giving Putin any respite.

Zelenskyy also addressed the use of drone strikes in the conflict, which Ukraine does not officially acknowledge. He clarified that Ukraine only uses partner weapons on its own territory and that these strikes are not aimed at killing civilians. Zelenskyy asserted that Ukraine has the moral right to respond to missile launches from Russia, stating that their sky is not as well protected as they think.

When asked about Russia’s targeting of non-military sites and killing civilians, Zelenskyy believed that Putin’s intention was to break Ukraine. He emphasized the lack of trust in someone who resorts to such brutal actions and stated that Putin has ceased to be a human being.

President Zelenskyy is scheduled to travel to the U.S. this week to address the United Nations General Assembly and hold meetings with officials in the White House and Congress.