Zelensky gave his first interview with the Russian media since the beginning of the war

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky gave his first interview to Russian journalists since the start of the war. Zelensky was interviewed by the editors-in-chief of Medusa and the Dozhd TV channel, journalist Mikhail Zygar, who handed over a question from Novaya Gazeta to the Ukrainian president, and Kommersant’s special correspondent Vladimir Solovyov.

The transcript of the conversation has already been published on the Medusa website.

Roskomnadzor demanded that the Russian media not show an interview with Zelensky. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia has stated that it will give a legal assessment to the statements published in interviews with Russian journalists with Zelensky.

Journalists asked whether the letters V and Z, which are used by the Russian military and other supporters of Russia and which mean the initials of the President of Ukraine, do not symbolize the political elimination of Zelensky. The Ukrainian leader replied that a group of pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk was involved in his political elimination.

According to Zelensky, Medvedchuk’s entourage understood that the Russian government was losing influence in Ukrainian politics, so it engaged in propaganda aimed at weakening local government during the regional elections.

Commenting on the siege of Mariupol, Zelensky noted that there was information chaos in the coverage of the events. The president said the city was blocked by Russian troops. Mined port. There is a humanitarian catastrophe in the city itself, as it is impossible to bring food, medicine and water there. According to Zelensky, Russian soldiers are shelling humanitarian convoys.

The President confirmed that humanitarian corridors for evacuation to Ukraine had been temporarily opened from the city. Zelensky noted that some people were forcibly deported to regions controlled by the Russian army. In total, according to the president, more than two thousand children were taken out of the city. Their exact location is unknown. “They keep them as souls for the exchange fund,” Zelensky said.

Answering a question about the prisoners, Zelensky said that the Ukrainian and Russian sides are exchanging lists. The President said that he adheres to the principle of “one-size-fits-all” exchange. According to Zelensky, very young people are fighting in the fighting on the part of Russia and the Russian side is hiding information about the dead.

Zelensky said that after the beginning of the armed invasion, his attitude towards Russia and the Russians had greatly deteriorated. At the same time, the President noted that he was grateful to those who support Ukraine.

Zelensky did not support the expulsion of Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa from the Ukrainian Film Academy after he spoke out against the boycott of Russian artists, musicians and athletes. But, according to the president, “hatred for everything Russian will grow unequivocally.”

At the same time, according to Zelensky, the status of the Russian language is not removed from the agenda of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. Respect for the languages ​​of neighboring peoples – Russia, Romania, Hungary, Poland – will be established in a special agreement.

Commenting on the reaction of the Russian authorities to his interview with Russian journalists, who demanded that the media refuse to publish the material, Zelensky said: “They have destroyed freedom of speech in their country. They are trying to destroy the neighboring country. “Well, if we react like that, then we are doing everything right, so they are nervous. Maybe they saw that their citizens have more and more questions about the state of affairs in their country.”

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