Ukraine Official Interpreted Putin’s Speech, Says He Won’t Use Nuclear Weapons

Adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Oleksiy Arestovych, said he interpreted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech on Victory Day as an indication that Russia would not escalate the war through the use of nuclear weapons and would not engage NATO directly.

According to reports, Arestovych said that Putin’s statement on “doing everything so that the horror of a global war does not happen again” in honor of the memory of World War II fighters meant that “There will be no nuclear war. There will be no war with NATO. What will there be? There will be a sluggish attempt to solve three main problems.” 

Putin identified the three main problems as taking control of the entire Luhansk, Donetsk, and Kherson regions, according to Arestovych’s interpretation.

In an online interview, Arestovych said that for Ukraine to give up the three territories, Putin would squeeze the Ukrainian economy by dragging out the war. 

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