Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he doesn't believe in his neighbours after Russia escalated its assault on his country. "I don't believe the world...We don't believe the words. After the escalation of Russia, we don't believe our neighbours....," Zelenskyy said on Friday.
"The only belief there is belief in ourselves, in our people, belief in our Armed forces, and the belief that countries are going to support us not just with their words but with their actions," Zelenskyy was quoted as saying in an interview with CNN.
Zelensky was asked what he thought about world leaders saying "never again" on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"And that's it. Never again. Really, everybody is talking about this and yet, as you can see, not everyone has got the guts," Zelenskyy said on Friday.
Zelenskyy said that the Russians withdrew from Kyiv, but it doesn't mean that Russia wouldn't try again to seize the Ukrainian capital if it is able to capture Donbas.
"We fought them [Russia] off and they left, and they were running away from Kyiv... it doesn't mean if they are able to capture Donbas, they won't come further towards Kyiv," Zelenskyy said.
"This is why it is very important for us to not allow them, to stand our ground, because this battle ... it can influence the course of the whole war," Zelensky was quoted as saying.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine is prepared to fight the Russian military in the Donbas region. He even said Ukraine will not give up territory in the eastern part of the country to end the war with Russia.
Donbas is a region of two provinces in the southeast that Moscow demands be fully ceded to separatists. Ukraine said it has so far held off Russian advances elsewhere in the Donbas regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Russian President Putin appears determined to capture more Donbas territory to claim victory in a war that has left Russia subject to increasingly punitive Western sanctions and with few allies.