Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thinks Vladimir Putin has something bigger than the current invasion on his mind. And the historical comparison Zelenskyy makes is a chilling reminder of what’s at stake. Here’s the full story.
World War III?
In a recent interview on 60 Minutes, Zelenskyy told Scott Pelley that the world is on the verge of another global war.
He Knows the Answer
“If Ukraine falls, what will happen in ten years?” the Ukraine president asked rhetorically.
Russian Citizens to Blame
He then pointed the finger squarely at the Russian people, saying they had elected Vladimir Putin and nurtured the dictatorship that has grown in Russia during the 21st century.
They Raised a “Second Hitler”
Russian citizens have “raised a second Hitler,” according to Zelenskyy.
And he says the world has to stop Russia in its tracks if we don’t want history to repeat itself.
Poland Next on Putin’s Hit List
Zelenskyy goes on to say that Poland is likely Putin’s next target, and that the Russian president is just waiting for the right moment to expand his war efforts.
Putin Waiting for Instability
The moment will be right when Putin feels like Europe and, especially, the United States are unstable.
2024 Election Is Dangerous
Zelenskyy thinks the 2024 presidential election could give Putin just the opening he’s looking for, since the U.S. will be busy infighting over politics.
Zelenskyy Worried About Support
And Zelenskyy himself is concerned over the seesaw battle and constant name calling between the American left and right.
The election figures to have a direct impact on the support Ukraine receives from the U.S.
Aid Is Slow but Critical
Military aid from the U.S. has come at a slow trickle from Zelenskyy’s perspective, but it has been critical to Ukraine’s war efforts.
Grateful for Biden
And he says he’s thankful that President Biden has continued to provide that support.
But if Donald Trump or another Republican wins the White House, there’s no guarantee that will continue.
No Limit to the Need
When Pelley asked Zelenskyy how much more money Ukraine would need from the United States before the war was over, the president didn’t have a firm answer.
As Much as It Takes
But what he did say amounted to basically, “as much as it takes to stop the new Hitler.”
We Have a Choice
Does the world want to stop Putin? Or are we going to roll over and let him terrorize at will?
Nuclear Threat Is Real
Those were the choices Zelenskyy laid out on the table, pointing out that Putin has used the constant threat of nuclear strikes as a deterrent to helping Ukraine.
Putin Will Get More Bold
And Zelenskyy only sees those threats increasing as Putin looks to further crumble stability in the U.S. and its allies.
He’ll Threaten the Election
The Ukraine president thinks we’ll see Putin ramp up those threats significantly as the 2024 American election season really gets rolling in the next few months.
Who Can Navigate the Nuke Threat?
The threat of a nuclear war with Russia and allies like China and North Korea will no doubt color the debates around who should be leading the U.S. as Commander in Chief.
Zelenskyy Not Picking a Horse
Who is Zelenskyy rooting for in the race for the White House?
He doesn’t tip his hand on that one during the 60 Minutes interview.
Just Stop the “New Hitler”
Anyone who’s up for helping to stop the “new Hitler” is probably just dandy in Zelenskyy’s book at this point.
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