Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday other world leaders have been overstating the likelihood of war between his country and Russia, causing “panic” and destabilizing Kyiv’s economy, writes CNN.
Speaking to foreign reporters Friday, Zelensky said he explained in phone calls to world leaders like US President Joe Biden and France’s Emmanuel Macron that, though the threat from the Kremlin is “imminent and constant”, Ukrainians have “learned to live” with it since Moscow invaded in 2014.
“They are saying tomorrow is the war. This means panic. We don’t need this panic”, - Zelensky told a news conference with foreign media.
He pointed to the need to “stabilize” Ukraine’s already battered economy as he insisted he saw no greater threat now than during a similar massing of Russian troops last spring.
“Because of all these signals that tomorrow there will be war, there are signals even from respected leaders of states, they just say that tomorrow there will be war. This is panic - how much does it cost for our state?” - he asked.