Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko criticized Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the Swiss news show “20 Minuten”, which received a wide response in Russia and Ukraine today, DPA reported, quoted by BTA.
“People are asking why we were not better prepared for this war, why Zelenskiy denied until the end that it would come to this,” said Klitschko in the interview broadcast yesterday.
“There was too much information that was not true,” said the 52-year-old former world boxing champion, accusing the president of “mistakes.” He called for honesty about the true situation of Ukraine after the Russian invasion. “Zelensky is paying for the mistakes he made,” Klitschko also said.
“Of course we can euphorically lie to the people and our partners, but we can’t do it forever,” he said, while expressing clear support for Ukraine’s Chief of General Staff, General Valery Zaluzhny, who drew criticism a month ago when he said that the war had reached a stalemate.
“He told the truth,” Klitschko said in the interview. “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth, but in the end he is responsible. He explained and justified what the current situation is,” added the mayor of Kyiv.
Klitschko spoke out against playing political games in Ukraine. According to him, there should not be internal conflicts in a country that is fighting for its existence, and for this reason he refuses to discuss his personal plans and expresses support for Zelensky.
“The president has an important function today and we must support him until the end of the war. But when the war is over, every politician will have to answer for his failures and mistakes,” Klitschko said.
In his interview, Klitschko also thanked Germany for providing anti-aircraft systems, but criticized its refusal to provide Ukraine with long-range Taurus cruise missiles.
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