Kyiv: The humanatarian access to Maripoul is blocked by Russia, because it wants to hide evidence of thousands of people killed there, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Wednesday. He said that Russia has burned famalies and has called them ‘Nazis’.
Speaking at Turkey’s Haberturk TV Zelenskyy said, “The reason why we cannot get into Mariupol with the humanitarian cargo is precisely because they are afraid… that the world will see what is going on there.”
“I think it’s a tragedy there, it’s hell, I know that it’s not tens, but thousands of people, different people, who have been killed there and thousands wounded,” Zelensky said.
Meanwhile, he also showed confidence that Russia will not succeed in hiding all the evidences.
“They will not be able to hide all of this and bury all of these Ukrainians who died and who are injured. It’s just such a number, it’s thousands of people, it’s impossible to hide.”
Zeleneskyy said, “Russia had already attempted to conceal evidence of crimes in the town of Bucha outside of Kyiv and several nearby communities, where Ukrainian officials have accused Moscow of carrying out widespread killings of civilians.”
He further added that Russia has burned famalies. He said, “They burned families. Families. Yesterday we found again a new family: father, mother, two children. Little, little children, two. One was a little hand, you know,” Zelensky said. “That’s why I said ‘they are Nazis’.”
On being questioned about continuing peace talks with Russia he said that they will have to take place anyways, and without peace talks it will be difficult to stop the war.
But he added that he had a tough time bringing himself to continue talks with Moscow “because we understand who we are dealing with”.
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