Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, declared his desire to “drow Ukraine blood”, claimed his counterpart in Kyiv, Volodymyr Zelensky.
Speaking to the German newspaper, BuildThe Ukrainian president said that Putin does not care whether he kills Russians as well as Ukrainians.
“He wants to drown Ukraine in blood, including the blood of his soldiers,” Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian leader’s comments came hours after Putin announced a partial military mobilization, in which 300,000 reservists are due to be called up to help in the war in Ukraine.
Putin also claimed that “this is not a hoax” when he vowed that Russia would use weapons of mass destruction if its territory was threatened.