Zelensky Says ‘Energy Crisis Is A Small Price To Pay To Avert A World War’

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky believes that the energy crisis in Europe is a small price to pay to avert a world war.

He insisted further aid to Ukraine is essential in stopping Putin, who he compared to Hitler, from launching a ‘fully-fledged war’ on Europe.

Meanwhile in an interview with the BBC, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska said she recognised that the impact of the war in Ukraine was tough on its allies, but said as Britons “count pennies”, Ukrainians “count casualties”.

Only last week outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said that households across the UK and Europe must endure the cost-of-living crisis to counter Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The Mail Online reports: The Ukrainian president said he has ‘no strength and time’ for war fatigue fuelled by the cost of living crisis that was worsened by Russia squeezing natural gas supplies.

He claims soaring inflation and a short-term energy crisis are ‘incomparable’ to the risks posed by a global war. 

Mr Zelensky said European leaders ‘should not keep talking and waiting for evidence’ from battlefield deaths and court rulings, but instead argued officials ‘need to settle all this now.’

His stark warning came as Mr Zelensky hailed Boris Johnson as a ‘true friend’ to Ukraine, days before the prime minister leaves office. 

He also said he ‘doesn’t know’ whether French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ‘fully understand’ the threat Putin poses.

‘I have to believe and trust in [Macron and Scholz] understanding,’ Mr Zelensky told The Sunday Times. ‘What I know for sure is that their relationship towards Ukraine [has changed] from the beginning of my presidency…I believe that they are more supportive.’ 

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