O President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, accused, this Monday, Russia of wanting to “start a war in the Middle East” to “undermine world unity” and “increase discord”, in order to “destroy freedom in Europe” .
“Russia is interested in starting a war in the Middle East so that a new source of pain and suffering may undermine world unity, increase discord and contradictions, and thus help Russia and destroy freedom in Europe.”denounced the Ukrainian head of state in his usual evening address to the nation, released by the Ukrainian presidency.
Zelensky further stated that Russian propagandists are “rejoicing” in the conflict between Israel and Palestine and “Iranian friends of Moscow [estão] to openly support those who attacked Israel”.
“And all of this is a much greater threat than the world currently thinks. The world wars of the past began with local aggression”, he stressed.
For the Ukrainian president, the situation in the Middle East “is an issue of fundamental importance” not only for Ukraine, but for the whole of Europe.
In an interview with the French television channel France 2, Zelensky accused Russia of having helped the Islamic group Hamas in its attack.
“We are convinced that in the operations carried out by Hamas the Russia was present in one way or another“, he stated.
“According to our intelligence services, there are signs that lead us to think that Russia has already helped certain terrorist operations,” added the Ukrainian head of state, who professes the Jewish religion.
“It is not the first time, [a Rússia] it has already done so in Syria, Ukraine and Crimea”said Zelensky.
It should be noted that the Islamic group Hamas launched, on Saturday, a surprise attack against Israeli territory, under the name of operation “Al-Aqsa Storm”, with the launch of thousands of rockets and the incursion of armed militiamen by land, sea and air.
In response to the surprise attack, Israel bombed several Hamas facilities in the Gaza Strip from the air, in an operation it dubbed “Iron Swords”.
The attacks and the military response left more than a thousand dead and more than a thousand injured.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is “at war” with Hamas.
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