Monday, January 30, 2023

Zelenskyy warns of World War-3 if negotiations with Russia fail

Amidst the rising tension between Ukraine and Russia, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on Sunday that he is “ready for negotiations” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but that failure to do so would entail “a third World War,” CNN reported.
“I’m ready for negotiations with him. I was ready for the last two years. And I think that without negotiations we cannot end this war,” he was quoted by CNN in its report.
“I think that we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating, the possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third World War,” he added.
In recent days, Zelenskyy has advocated further negotiations as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its fourth week. In a video message released on Saturday, Zelenskyy urged dialogue to take place “immediately,” warning that failure to do so would result in “great losses” for Russia.
“We have always insisted on negotiations. We have always offered dialogue, offered solutions for peace. And I want everyone to hear me now, especially in Moscow. It’s time to meet. Time to talk. It is time to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine,” he said.
In a huge escalation amid the conflict, Moscow claimed it had struck a Ukrainian arms depot with hypersonic missiles- this would be the first use in combat of the next-generation weapons as Russian forces pushed deeper into the besieged and battered port city of Mariupol, where heavy fighting shut down a major steel plant and local authorities pleaded for more Western help.
The US officially confirmed that Russia used ‘Dagger’ nuclear-capable hypersonic aeroballistic air-to-ground missile during the hostilities in Ukraine, CNN reported. According to the CNN report, this was the first recorded case of the use of such missiles during Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal, also known as ‘Dagger’, has a claimed range of more than 2,000 km, Mach 10 speed, and an ability to perform evasive manoeuvers at every stage of its flight. It can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads and can be launched from Tu-22M3 bombers or MIG 31 K interceptors. It entered service in December 2017 and is one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began about a month ago, an estimated 6.5 million people have been displaced within the nation, while another 3.2 million have fled owing to safety concerns.
Zelenskyy, who had previously rejected the US offer to evacuate Kyiv to safety, has garnered worldwide acclaim for spearheading the struggle against Russia’s attack. Many ordinary citizens have also volunteered to join the military in order to assist the country in its fight against heavyweight Russia.
Further, President Zelenskyy said on March 20 that the siege of Mariupol would go down in history for what he called Russian troops’ war crimes. He remarked in a video address, “To do this to a peaceful city, what the occupiers did, is a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come.”

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