President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine says the world must stop fearing what Russia might do and strive to help his country defeat its invader.
“It’s not a movie. That’s real life,” he said through an interpreter in an interview with Scott Pelley that aired on CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday. “Stop fearing the Russian Federation. We have shown that we are not afraid.”
Zelenskyy stated that he believed the most basic human rights would be at stake if he fought back against President Vladimir Putin’s invading forces.
“We are defending a person’s ability to live in the modern world,” he said. “We defend the right to life. I never thought that this right is so expensive. These are human values. So that Russia doesn’t decide what we should do and how I exercise my rights. This right was given to me by God and my parents.”
Zelenskyi spoke face-to-face with Pelley in what Pelley described as “the darkened corridors of his command center in the Ukrainian capital,” Kyiv. The interview was interspersed with footage of Pelley and his CBS crew speaking to civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, about atrocities committed by Russian forces.
After explaining his decision to stand up and fight against the Russian invasion — “When everyone tells you you have to go, you have to think” — Zelenskyy kept saying that the world had to take a stand too.
“I remember, we all remember,” he said, “books about World War II and about the devil in uniform – Adolf Hitler. Are those countries responsible that did not take part in the war? The countries that marched German troops through Europe? Does the world bear responsibility for the genocide? Yes. Yes, it does.”
Zelenskyi said he expected renewed Russian attacks and said additional weapons and supplies from the West were essential.
“To be honest depends on whether we can survive,” he said. “I have 100 percent faith in our people and in our armed forces. But unfortunately I don’t have the confidence that we will get everything we need.”
Zelenskyi made it clear that much depended on the American response.
“President [Joe] Biden can go down in history as the person who stood shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian people who won and voted for the right to their own country,” he said.
Pelley asked if he was disappointed in Biden.
“No, I’m not disappointed,” Zelenskyj said. “I don’t know how another president in his place would help us, I don’t know. It’s tough. We have a good relationship. At least I think so. Ukraine needs support from the United States. And I, as the leader of a country at war, can only be grateful.”
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