Did Zelenskyy Call For “First Strike” Against Russia?

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During a virtual speech to the Lowy Institute on Oct. 6, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy seemed to make remarks calling for a preemptive strike against Russia. Regarding the potential for a nuclear war, Zelenskyy said, “What must NATO do? Make it impossible for Russia to use nuclear weapons.” He continued, “I am once again turning to the international community, as I did before Feb. 24, to do preventative strikes so that they know what will await them if they use it [nuclear weapons].” Ukrainian officials have insisted that Zelenskyy was referring to economic sanctions but Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, insists that Zelenskyy’s speech was “a call to start a world war with unpredictable and horrific consequences.”