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Zelenskyy on Mariupol: “Every day that passes, it’s more and more unstable”

Zelenskyy says it is almost impossible to estimate the loss of life or destruction suffered by the assault on Mariupol and that he lacks confidence in his Russian counterparts.

“I don’t trust the Russian military and the Russian leadership,” he said.

Sometimes switching between his mother tongue and English, Zelenskyy again raised the possibility of Russia deploying its nuclear arsenal.

“They could do it,” he said. “For them, the life of the people is nothing.”

He continued to express a desire for the invasion to end, with no concrete sign of when that would take place or under what circumstances.

“There are millions of people who want to live,” Zelenskyy said. “We all want to fight. But we must all do our best so that this war is not endless. The longer it is, the more we would lose.

He expressed optimism about President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Ukraine after the White House signaled this week that it was considering whether to send a senior official to meet with the Ukrainian leader. However, the contours of these deliberations are still not defined.

“It’s his decision, of course,” Zelenskyy said of Biden, nodding to the security risks involved. “But I think he’s the leader of the United States, and that’s why he should come here to see.”

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