In response to the question whether the war will end only when the Putin regime falls, V. Zelensky told the German publication “Bild”: “I do not associate it with the end of the war. The Putin regime will surely end when it decides to, probably the Russian people, we have no control over that.
But who will come in his place? The question is not the people, the question is the philosophy of their regime, the philosophy of maintaining their power, the philosophy of their approach to Ukraine. If they don’t change it, if they don’t change their doctrine, it doesn’t matter who is there in his place – young, old, etc.”
The Bild journalist also told Zelenskiy during the interview that he asked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen last week if she would be happy if Putin died, and she replied that no one should be happy about someone’s death. The journalist asked whether V. Zelensky agrees with this opinion.
“I don’t agree with that. I have a different opinion about the military-political leadership and every Russian soldier who came to our land. I’m sorry, I don’t wish them well and I don’t wish them a long life. As soon as they get here, I wish them to leave our land, and if they don’t, I wish them all a happy ending…
I don’t need to look for any diplomacy here. I believe that all people, from President Putin to his entourage, including all the soldiers who came to our land… I really do not wish them all a long life,” V. Zelensky answered the journalist’s question.
Asked if he had a favorite joke about Putin, Zelensky laughed and said he did, but wasn’t ready to tell it.
“You will laugh, and in Russia they will cry. I’m not sure if this is appropriate. It’s called black humor,” the president said.