Ukrainian president says WW3 ‘may have already started’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia “may have already started” World War III amid its ongoing invasion of the neighboring Eastern European country.

President Zelensky spoke with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt Wednesday, March 16 and asked if he understood the President Joe BidenRussia’s concerns over escalating tensions with Russian president Vladimir Poutine and his troops.

“No one knows whether it may have already started. And what is the possibility of this war if Ukraine falls, in case Ukraine does? It’s very hard to say,” Zelenskyy said. “And we saw that 80 years ago when World War II started… no one would be able to predict when full-scale war would start.”

Zelenskyy stressed that the outcome of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine puts “the whole civilization at stake” and said the people of his country were “invincible”.

Earlier this month, BNC News reported that more than 2 million people had evacuated from Ukraine amid Russia’s continued invasion of the neighboring country.

Putin announced that his country would carry out military operations in eastern Ukraine during a BNC News translation of a speech addressed to the Russian population before sunrise on February 24 in Moscow.

The announcement served as the last move before an attack by Putin and the Russian military, which US and European allies in neighboring Ukraine tried to prevent through diplomatic talks.

A Ukrainian interior minister confirmed BNC News via text message that “cruise and ballistic missile strikes” were already underway shortly after Putin’s announcement.

BNC News corresponding Erin McLaughlin said explosions could be heard from its live firing in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, at 6 a.m. local time.

More than 1,000 protesters were reportedly arrested during anti-war demonstrations across Russia amid President Putin’s announcement to carry out military operations and the subsequent attack on Ukraine, BNO News reported.

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