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'Will you kill Zelenskyy?': What Vladimir Putin told ex-Israeli PM amid Russia-Ukraine war

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New Delhi: Russia and Ukraine have been locked in a deadly war for around a year now with Vladimir Putin's men launching massive offensive against the country time and again. Ukraine has witnessed massive destruction with cities turning into rubble amid as missiles rain down from the skies but President Volodymyr Zelenskyy remains defiant and continues the stronger-than-expected resistance.

Thousands of Ukrainians have already died in Russian missile attacks and millions have been displaced. Many Ukrainian soldiers have lost their lives and many wonder if Russia wants to kill Zelenskyy to capture Ukraine.

Finally, Vladimir Putin has responded to the tough question as former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett asked him, "Are you planning to kill Zelenskyy?" The Russian President said that he won't.

In an interview, Naftali Bennett said, "I asked 'what's up with this? Are you planning to kill Zelenskyy?" Naftali revealed that the Putin has given him his word that he won't kill his Ukrainian counterpart.

“He said: 'I won't kill Zelenskyy.' I then said to him: 'I have to understand that you're giving me your word that you won't kill Zelenskyy.' He said: 'I'm not going to kill Zelenskyy',” Naftali Bennett added saying that he then called Zelenskyy to inform him of the Russian president's promise.

"'Listen, I came out of a meeting, he's not going to kill you'. He asks, 'are you sure?' I said: '100% he won't kill you.'"

Notably, Naftali Bennett, who was one of the few Western leaders to meet President Vladimir Putin during the war in a snap trip to Moscow last March, emerged as an unlikely intermediary in the war’s first weeks. Bennett said that during his mediation, Putin dropped his vow to seek Ukraine’s disarmament and Zelenskyy promised not to join NATO.

Bennett’s mediation efforts, however, did little to end the bloodshed that continues until today. No wonder, Ukraine doesn't trust Russia with the continuous assault and attacks. Reacting to Bennett’s comments, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted on Sunday that Putin was not to be trusted.

“Do not be fooled: He is an expert liar. Every time he has promised not to do something, it has been exactly part of his plan,” Kuleba said about the Russian leader.

Russia-Ukraine war, which started in February last year, is nearing one year but there still seems no endgame in sight. Russian forces launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea, in the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War II soon after Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation”. The move came after Moscow earlier recognised rebel-held territories in Luhansk and Donetsk and said they had asked for its “help”.

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