Klitschko criticizes Zelenski: Toj pays for the mistakes he made

Vitali Klitschko / Photo: Screenshot

The mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, attacked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with the Swiss media "20 Minuten", which is popular in Russia and Ukraine today, DPA reported.

"People are asking why we weren't better prepared for this war, why Zelenskiy denied until the end that this would happen," Klitschko said in an interview broadcast yesterday.

"There was too much information that did not correspond to reality," said the 52-year-old former world boxing champion, accusing the Ukrainian president of "mistakes."

He called for honesty regarding the real situation in Ukraine after the Russian invasion. "Zelenski is paying for the mistakes he made," Klitschko said.

"Of course we can euphorically lie to our people and our partners, but you can't do that forever," he said, offering clear support for Ukraine's chief of staff, General Valery Zaluzhny, who drew criticism a month ago when he said the war had reached a stalemate.

- He told the truth, Klitschko said in the interview. "Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth, but in the end he is responsible. He explained and justified what the current situation was.

Klitschko spoke out against the political game being played in Ukraine. "There should not be an internal conflict in a country that is fighting for its existence, and for that reason he refused to talk about his personal plans and expressed his support for Zelensky," he said.

"The president has an important office today and we should support him until the end of the war. But when the war is over, every politician will have to answer for his successes and mistakes," said Klitschko.

In the interview, Klitschko thanked Germany for providing anti-aircraft systems, but criticized its refusal to provide long-range Taurus cruise missiles.

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