President Zelensky says Moscow is “frightened” by his interview with Russian journalists

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky countered to Russia’s move to censor his interview with independent Russian journalists, saying Moscow was “frightened” by journalists “who can tell the truth.”

“Strong people of our strong country, today is the day when I’m convinced over and over again how far we are from the Russian Federation,” Zelensky said in his latest video address Sunday.

“Just imagine, they were frightened in Moscow because of my interview with Russian journalists. Those of them who can tell the truth.”

Moscow’s media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, published a statement Sunday cautioning Russian news outlets against rebroadcasting or publishing the interview.

“(They) destroyed freedom of speech in their state, (and are) trying to destroy the neighboring state. They portray themselves as global players. And they themselves are afraid of a relatively short conversation with several journalists,” Zelensky said.

“Well, if there’s such reaction, then we are doing everything right. Means they are nervous.”

The long video interview, broadcasted in full on Zelensky’s Telegram channel, headlined questions from some of Russia’s most prominent independent journalists, including author Mikhail Zygar and Tikhon Dzyadko, the editor-in-chief of the recently shuttered channel TV Rain.

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