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Zelensky Calls for ‘Preemptive ‘Strikes’ on Russia to Stop Use of Nuclear Weapons

Ukrainian officials have denied that Zelensky implied the use of preemptive nuclear strikes, but instead meant “sanctions and armed assistance.”

Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky said that NATO must use preemptive “strikes” against Russia to prevent their use of nuclear weapons.

Speaking to Australia’s Lowy Institute via a live video link on Thursday morning, Zelensky called on the international community to “show strength” against Russia, and called on them put an end to “the aggressor’s ability to escalate.”

Michael Fullilove, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, asked Zelensky about the problem of “nuclear blackmail” from Russia. “Mr Putin told us the other day that he’s not bluffing,” Fullilove noted. “Do you believe that the likelihood of the use of Russian nuclear weapons has risen, and what more do you want NATO to do to deter Russia from using nuclear weapons?”

In response, according to translations from two different outlets, Zelensky said that NATO should “eliminate” the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons on Ukraine, and use “pre-emptive/preventive strikes” so that Russia will “know what will happen to them” if they used nukes:

“What should NATO do? Eliminate the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons. But what is important, I once again appeal to the international community, as I did before February 24: we need pre-emptive strikes, so that they’ll know what will happen to them if they use nukes, and not the other way around. Don’t wait for Russia’s nuclear strikes, and then say, ‘oh, since you did this, take that from us!’ Reconsider the way you apply pressure. This is what NATO should do: reconsider the order in which it applies pressure [on Russia].”

The translation matched a software-aided translation of Zelensky’s full remarks that were reported by a Ukrainian outlet. The reaction from many online was one of shock, with commentators arguing that what Zelensky has said was tantamount to a call to start World War Three, or bullying “globalist Americans” into kicking off a “nuclear holocaust.”

Pedro Gonzalez, the independent conservative journalist, argued that Zelensky was now “worse than Putin,” because Zelensky “is a thug and a lunatic pretending to be a paragon of democracy.”

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“Putin has again and again said that nuclear war would be a disaster for everyone,” Gonzalez added. “Zelensky has again and again tried to bait America into a nuclear intervention and is now openly calling for that. Which one of the two is more insane?”

However, after the comments from Zelensky went viral, Ukranian officials attempted to pour water on the flames.  Sergii Nykyforov, Zelensky’s press secretary, wrote in a post on Facebook that people had “gone too far” with “nuclear hysteria,” and that people were discussing “nuclear strikes when there are none.”

Nykyforov noted that Zelensky referenced previous action taken against Russia before February 24, which was intended to prevent them from invading. “Let me remind you that the only measures that were about then were preventive sanctions,” he added. “To hint at the use of nuclear weapons is afforded only by the terrorist state Russia. You will never hear such calls from Ukraine.”

Mykhailo Podolyak, a top Zelensky advisor, said on Twitter that the circulating video was somehow “faked” by Russia. “Zelensky said nothing about a preventative nuclear strike on [Russia],” Podolyak tweeted.

“Zelensky reminded about Russian nuclear blackmail and suggested to preemptively outline the consequences for Russia and intensify strikes against it – sanctions and armed assistance to [Ukraine],” he concluded.

Before the “clarifications” from Nykyforov and Podolyak were published, Illia Ponomarenko, a defense reporter at the Kyiv Independent, a pro-Ukraine outlet, tweeted that Zelensky had in fact been talking about preemptive nuclear strikes, and not “sanctions and armed assistance.”

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“Zelensky said he thinks NATO should carry out a preemptive strike if the world clearly sees the Kremlin is just about to deliver a nuclear strike upon Ukraine,” Ponomarenko said. “Without waiting for the Kremlin to do it and then reacting. To that: Zelensky said NATO should make it very clear to the Kremlin that a preemptive strike will follow a Russian attempt to nuke Ukraine.”

As noted by Alex Rubinstein of The Grayzone, Zelensky is currently the bookmaker’s favourite to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the winner of which will be announced on Friday, “as he calls for a full-blown act of war from a 30-country alliance against a nuclear superpower.”

 

Jack Hadfield
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19 Comments

19 Comments

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    Jim Forbes

    October 6, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    It would be great if you would correctly spell Zelenskyy’s name. He uses two “Y”‘s on his passport.

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    crier havot

    October 6, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    As long as the cash pipeline from America stays open .

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    Shrugged

    October 6, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Dump this jerk and get the hell out of this “military industrial complex” war. It was invented by the USA and Jerk-off Zelensky is playing it per script. GET OUT NOW. It’s not our war or our business.

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    G T

    October 6, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Zelensky is brave down to the last drop of someone else’s blood and the last dime of U.S. money.

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      Gerald Ladd

      October 7, 2022 at 7:44 am

      You’re mistaking Zelenskyy for the moron in our WH, GT.

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    Empty

    October 6, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Zenelsnky’s 10-20 is where a strike should be. He’s not figuratively, but literally trying to start WWIII. Eff him.

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    Stan

    October 6, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    The U.S. needs to give this guy Zelinsky the Manuel Noriega treatment.

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    Hormel Chavez

    October 6, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Absolutely disgusting…these elites are trying to destroy the world.

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    John Grychak

    October 7, 2022 at 6:57 am

    I LOVE THE UKRAINIANS BUT, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, WE HAVE GIVEN THEM ENOUGH OF OUR MONIES. BIDEN IS NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE HERE IN THE USA. IT’S OBVIOUS TO SEE THAT THIS SENILE OLD MAN, ACTING AS A RULER, DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN AT ALL ABOU THE USA, OR PUTTING IT’S PEOPLE FIRST AS, {PRESIDNT TRUMP DOES}!

    I DO BLAME CONGRESS. FOR EVERTHING THAT HAS BEEN ALOWED TO HAPPEN WITH THE DEMORATS TAKEOVER OF THE USA. BECAUSE OF THEIR LAXNESS/NEGLECT, OVER THE MANY DECADES LETTING THE DEMS RUN RAMPANT ON THE USA, THEY GOT STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT, AND NOW THE PEOPLE OF THE USA ARE HAVING TO PAY FOR IT.

    I DON’T THINK WE NEED (2) PARTIES, THE DEMS SHOULD BE ABOLISHED FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO THE USA. ALL THE (2) PARTY SYSTEM GIVES US IS, MORE FIGHTING TO SEE WHO CAN GAIN THE MOST POWER, AND THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO INSTALL TERM LIMITS, AND JUST AS IMPORTANT, (MAYBE EVEN MORE SO),MANDATORY RETIREMENTS @ 70, ALL DEPTS. ESPECIALLY THE SUPREME COURT OF CORRUPTION. C’MON MAN, NOV 22 IS ALMOST HERE! I’M SURE WE’LL FINALLY SEE A DRASTIC CHANGE, TO START TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY FROM THE REBELS WITHIN.

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    John Grychak

    October 7, 2022 at 7:03 am

    ABOVE ALL, “AMERICA FIRST”. THIS SHOULD BE THE REASONING OF ANY PRESIDENT. MY LIST OF BEST PRESIDENTS; HARRY S. TRUMAN, DWIGHT EISENHOWER, RONALD REAGAN, AND THE BEST OF ALL DONALD J. TRUMP.

    YOU’LL NOTICE THAT I HAVE A DEMOCRAT ON THE LIST, HARRY S. TRUMAN, EVEN THOUGH, HE WAS STILL ONE OF THE GREATS, AS HE WAS THE LAST OF THE PATRIOTIC DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS.HE ALSO HAD SOME OF THE HARDEST DECISIONS TO MAKE, HE MADE IT AGAINST JAPAN, TO END WWII.

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    Rumplestiltskin

    October 7, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Zelensky is a sniveling rat. “Daddy, daddy, help-help they’re trying to beat me up, would you kill them please”.

    That little implanted twerp knows full well that he will be the target if NATO and the USA keep poking the Russian Bear. When America planted that vegetable in as the president of Ukraine, little did Americans realize why and for what reasons. Now the little twerp is begging to have daddy kill the enemies he has made by bombing his own people in the Donbas region.

    Russia is trying to fix the problem caused by our American CIA, because our DemonRat government wanted to put nuclear weapons in Ukraine as a deterrent against supposed Russian aggression. Don’t forget America also had multiple Bio-Labs in Ukraine. Do you really believe Russia should put up with that?

    John F. Kennedy didn’t during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and neither should Russia. If Putin Bombs America we will deserve it, and the world knows it, especially now that we have a man in the White House who no longer has a functional brain !!!

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      porterv

      October 7, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      Well said! Maybe Zelensky will fall down the stairs and break his neck. Maybe someone will give him a nudge.

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    Truth Vaccine

    October 7, 2022 at 8:31 am

    If we turn over the American elitists,politicians and their families who have invaded the Ukraine, would this end this fake war with Russia!

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    Hcatguy

    October 7, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Right, I’m sure that will work out really well.

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    Drosack

    October 7, 2022 at 11:31 am

    One nuking won’t be enough for a statement need all of them fired from around the world so we can quit this pussyfooting around. No more threats, like jackie Chan says “do”.

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    RockyMtn 1776

    October 7, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    WHAT?? Zelensky wants us to nuke Russia? This guy is even more insane than Biden!

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    Igor

    October 8, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Surrender Already and Save Lives , and Give Us Back the 850 Million in your FKN Personal Bank Account !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mike

    October 8, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Can you say Big for his britches😳. He’s just lucky he has dirt on Biden, of course, who doesn’t.

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