The Russian warship Moskva is seen docked in Sevastopol, Crimea in this satellite image from April 7.

The United States estimates that two Ukrainian missiles hit the Russian warship

The United States estimates that two Ukrainian missiles hit the Russian warship

(CNN)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN on Friday that “all countries of the world” should be prepared for the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin using tactical nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine.

Zelensky told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday in an exclusive interview from the president’s office in Kiev that Putin may turn to nuclear or chemical weapons because he doesn’t appreciate the life of the Ukrainian people.

“Not only me, all the world, all countries need to be worried because it can’t be real information, but it can be truth,” Zelensky said, speaking in English.

“Chemical weapons, they should do it, they could do it, for them people’s lives, nothing. That’s why,” Zelensky said. “We should think we are not afraid, not afraid but ready. But this is not a question for Ukraine, not just for Ukraine, but for the whole world, I think.”

Zelensky remained in Ukraine throughout the 50-day war with Russia, as Ukrainian forces resisted Kremlin attempts to seize Kiev and forced Russia to focus its war efforts on the country’s eastern and southern regions. , where Ukraine is anticipating a significant escalation of fighting in the days to come.

One of Russia’s most important warships sank in the Black Sea this week, which Ukraine claimed was the result of a missile strike, while Russia claimed it was due to a fire caused by the detonation of ammunition.

At the same time, Russia is launching cruise missiles on the outskirts of Kiev and still retains the ability to target the Ukrainian capital with long-range weapons.

US officials have warned that Putin, if cornered, could turn to the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine. CIA Director Bill Burns said Thursday that the CIA is watching “very carefully” over the possibility, while pointing out that the United States has not yet seen any signs that Russia is preparing to take such a step.

“Given the potential despair of President Putin and the Russian leadership, given the setbacks they have faced militarily so far, none of us can take lightly the threat posed by a potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or low-yield nuclear weapons.” , he has declared. he said in public remarks to Georgia Tech.

Watch a clip of the interview here.

You can see more of the interview on “The Lead” at 4 p.m. ET and the full interview will take place Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on “State of the Union.”

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