Volodymyr Zelensky’s office has explained that he was not requiring a “pre-emptive” nuclear strike on Russia, after a discourse by the Ukrainian President to an Australian crowd on Thursday night ignited an irate reaction from the Kremlin.
Mr Zelensky was talking by means of video connect to the Lowy Organization when he offered the remarks in light of an inquiry from the research organization’s chief Michael Fullilove.
“Mr President, in your comments you referenced nuclear coercion,” the host said.
“Mr Putin let us know recently that he’s not feigning. So may I ask you, do you accept that the probability of the utilization of Russian nuclear weapons against Ukraine has risen, and how more do you believe NATO should stop Russia from utilizing nuclear weapons?”