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‘The world’s fault’: Zelenskyy speaks out amid Russian assault

By James Longman and Oleksiy Pshemyskiy


ABC News spoke exclusively with the Ukrainian president.

KHARKIV, Ukraine — The situation in Ukraine is so serious that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had to cancel a planned trip to Spain and come straight to Kharkiv — the country’s second largest city, which is again in real danger from the Russian advance.

With exclusive access, ABC News joined Zelenskyy on a tour of a hospital in the city, with Zelenskyy, where he met soldiers injured in the northern defense, and presented them with medals of valor.

“It’s really important for me to be here,” he told us, as we walked the corridors.

In each ward, he stopped as an officer read out the names of each injured soldier. He approached each bed and presented them with a medal. But this was a very rushed visit. The president’s safety is always a concern, but this trip to Kharkiv was a risk and his team moved quickly around the building.

PHOTO: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks with ABC News Foreign Correspondent James Longman in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on May 16, 2024.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks with ABC News Foreign Correspondent James…
“The situation is very serious,” Zelenskyy said. “We cannot afford to lose Kharkiv.”

As he stood near the injured soldiers, he was very clear that the delay in U.S. aid has had a direct impact on the war, and the situation along the northeastern border. Hundreds had lost their lives or been wounded in the last few days, he said. Many were soldiers from this region, so it was important for him to be there, supporting them, he said.

Is it America’s fault, we asked him, what’s happening now in Kharkiv?

“It’s the world’s fault,” he replied. “They gave the opportunity for Putin to occupy. But now the world can help.”

He’s always careful not to criticize the U.S. But this was a slightly franker Zelenskyy than we usually see…



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