'You definitely have to choose sides': Volodymyr Zelenskyy presses West as Ukraine fends off Russia

'You definitely have to choose sides': Volodymyr Zelenskyy presses West as Ukraine fends off Russia
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is calling on world leaders to "abandon neutrality, step up military and other support for his country, and stay united as it tries to repel a Russian invasion," Politico reports.

During a recent live interview, Zelenskyy spoke with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, where he issued a warning to the world that "you cannot remain on the sidelines.”

“You definitely have to choose sides,” Zelenskyy said. “You cannot vacillate between good and evil, light and dark.”

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Zelenskyy made the remarks while speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The event had been on hiatus due to controversy in connection with former first lady and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential run.

The event comes as the Ukrainian army has worked to push Russian military forces out of the eastern region of the country.

“Our army has become stronger on the battlefield. Our servicemen have become resilient,” Zelenskyy said to Clinton later, appealing for additional military assistance, “When we received what we needed, we already immediately showed what we are capable of.”

Zelenskyy, per Politico, also noted "Ukraine’s current and future infrastructure and economic needs given damage caused by Russian attacks. Repairing the school system in particular is a concern."

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