Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky warned that the world would be plunged into a third world war if peace talks with Russia fail, noting that even if there is about about a “one percent chance” of stopping the war, then the two countries should take it.
On Sunday, Fox News flagged that Zelensky told CNN, “I think that we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating, possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third World War.”
“I am ready for negotiations with him. I was ready over the last two years, and I think that without negotiations, we cannot end this war,” Zelensky said during the interview which aired on Sunday.
“There are compromises for which we cannot be ready as an independent state. Any compromises related to our territorial integrity and our sovereignty and the Ukrainian people have spoken about it — they have not greeted Russian soldiers with a bunch of flowers, they have greeted them with bravery, they have greeted them with weapons in their hands,” he added.
Zelensky also stressed that he would still love to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), if the Western alliance would welcome Ukraine.
“I’d like to receive security guarantees for my country, for my people. If NATO members are ready to see us in the alliance, then do it immediately. Because people are dying on a daily basis,” the Ukrainian president said.
As The Daily Wire reported earlier, the two countries are in somewhat of a “bloody stalemate,” as described by former General David Petraeus.
“It’s a battle of attrition. It’s a stalemate on the battlefield, again, with lots of continued damage on both sides, lots of destruction, especially from the Russians,” Petraeus explained to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
“But there’s a battle of attrition, in a sense, between the will in Kyiv and the country and then between that in Moscow, and especially in the Kremlin, as their economy, their financial system and all the rest of that is just collapsing,” he continued.
“Petraeus noted that in one example, the city of Mariupol, that the Ukrainians are completely out of supplies and yet they are still holding on to the city because the Russians are having to do the kind of fighting that they are not accustomed to,” The Daily Wire reported.
“This is the first place where the Russians are having to do no-kidding urban fighting, having to go building to building. Every single room has to be cleared in this kind of endeavor,” he said. “And they’re finding out that it is very soldier-intensive, and it just eats away at the reserves and forces that you have.”
That interview can be seen here: