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Zelensky says he had 10 attempts on his life: “That means only 10 people are willing to have me killed”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said he is less concerned about the attacks on him than about the torture and war crimes reported in his besieged country.

Mr. Zelensky added that getting used to a war is the worst habit Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine neared the 70th daily mark in this week.

“Well that’s 10 assassination attempts, which means there are only 10 people willing to have me killed,” Mr Zelensky said, according to Channel 9.

“It’s not bad when people are being tortured, when people’s bodies are found in the wells… I think given all of that, my situation isn’t that terrible, but I’m scared for those people.”

In the past two months, a total of 2,899 people have been killed, including 219 children, and more than 3,200 injured as the siege raged inside Ukraine’s borders.

Asked about the Bucha massacre, in which scores of Ukrainians were found handcuffed and dead on the streets of Kyiv Oblast, Mr Zelensky said he felt anger and pain.

“I felt, uh, anger. I felt a desire for revenge. And after that came a lack of understanding, how could you do anything for the people, for humanity? How could you torture so many people?” said Mr. Zelensky.

He added that he’s “not afraid to show any kind of weakness.”

“You can lose your humanity and I don’t want to lose it. I want to keep my humanity and that’s why I look at everything, I look at photos,” said Mr. Zelensky.

This map shows the extent of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

(Pictures of the Press Association)

Ukraine has delivered an unexpected military response to attacks by Russian troops, defying Moscow’s expectations of capturing Kyiv within days of the attack.

But the intense response by Ukrainian forces has raised fears of escalating attacks from Russia, according to some experts.

“Well, ironically, one of my worries is that the more successful Ukrainians are, the greater the risk that Putin will do something because he’s losing and he has to save face at home,” said the chairman of the US Foreign Relations Committee -Senate Bob Menendez said on Sunday.

He added that this could increase the potential for “a chemical, biological, or tactical nuclear weapon.”

The top senator added that the threat of Russian weapons of mass destruction – particularly Moscow’s stockpiles of chemical weapons – is “a real concern” as Mr Putin has shown no concern about the use of such weapons.

Russia is also accused Use of thermobaric missiles in Ukraine.

In his nightly video address on Sunday, Zelenskyy said: “What could be Russia’s strategic success in this war? To be honest, I don’t know. People’s lives destroyed and property burned or stolen will not bring anything to Russia. It will only increase the toxicity of the Russian state and the number of those in the world working to isolate Russia.”

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Bobby Allyn

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