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'Sick with power!' Vladimir Putin's landslide dismissed by Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed the re-election of Vladimir Putin, before branding the Russian leader ‘sick with power’.

As a jubilant Putin vowed he would ‘defeat his foes’ after easing to an uncontested Russian Presidential win with a record nearly 90per cent of the vote, his Ukrainian counterpart was scathing.

He said: “These days, the Russian dictator imitates another ‘elections’. “Everyone in the world understands that this person, like many others throughout history, has become sick with power and will stop at nothing to rule forever.

“There is no evil he would not do to maintain his personal power. And no one in the world would have been safeguarded from this. I am grateful to every state, leader, and international organisation that has and will continue to call these things by their proper names.”

Mr Zelensky added: “Everything Russia does in Ukraine’s occupied territories is a crime. There should be a fair response to everything the Russian murderers did in this war to secure Putin’s eternal rule.

“Only one thing scares him the most: accountability. This imitation of “elections” has no legitimacy and cannot have any.

“This person must end up on the dock in The Hague. This is what we must ensure. Anyone in the world who values life and decency.”

Putin sparked renewed controversy after his election win, by claiming he was not behind the murder of rival Alexei Navalny.

In extraordinary remarks, he claimed he had not murdered Navalny – as he has widely been accused of doing.

Instead, he said he had been ready to exchange him, as long as he never returned to Russia.

And for the first time, he mentioned Navalny by name – something that did not happen while his late opponent was alive.

“As for Mr Navalny, yes, he passed away,” said Putin, his voice croaky.

“It is always a sad event. Well, we have had other cases where people in prison have passed away. Hasn’t that happened in the United States?”

And he added: “It has happened, many times. Speaking of which, here. Well, I’ll tell you, this is going to come as a surprise. A few days before Mr Navalny passed away, some colleagues told me, not members of my administration…

“That there was an idea to exchange Mr Navalny for some people who are incarcerated in Western countries. You can believe me, you may not. The person who spoke to me had not finished his sentence.

“I said I agree. But unfortunately, what happened is what happened.

“Only on one condition that we exchange him. He must stay there [in the West].”

Putin cynically added: “But such is life.”

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Navalny’s widow could have come to Moscow for his funeral.

“Yulia Navalnaya had a chance to come to Russia and see her husband, but she chose to stay abroad,” he alleged.

In fact, supporters say should most likely have faced arrest or assassination had she come to Moscow.

While Putin swept to victory unopposed, the Kremlin chief himself was reportedly furious over disruption to his election which he claimed was ‘inspired by Ukrainian secret services’ as video evidence of poll cheating emerged, with disgruntled voters also seen protesting in long queues and others destroying ballot papers.

Unrattled at least in public though, Putin poured scorn on American democracy and told State television: “I dreamed of a strong and independent Russia. I hope the election results will allow us to achieve this.”


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