The open letter was posted on Facebook in response to Zelenska’s latest interview with BBC. During the sitdown, she spoke concerning the human price of struggle after being requested what message she had for British individuals about rising power payments due partly to the influence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“People should perceive [rising energy costs] are usually not coming via the West’s help to Ukraine,” she defined. “The costs are going up in Ukraine as nicely. But as well as, our individuals get killed. So once you begin counting pennies in your checking account or in your pocket, we do the identical and depend our casualties.”
Zelenska added, “If the help is robust, this era might be shorter.”
In his observe, the previous Pink Floyd member stated his “coronary heart bleeds” for all of the Ukrainian and Russian households affected by the struggle earlier than reiterating previous criticism of the West’s function in offering help. He then speculated that the perfect technique was to “search a special route.”
“If by ‘help for Ukraine’ you imply the West persevering with to provide arms to the Kiev authorities’s armies, I concern you could be tragically mistaken,” Waters wrote. “Throwing gas, within the type of armaments, into a hearth battle, has by no means labored to shorten a struggle prior to now, and it received’t work now, significantly as a result of, on this case, a lot of the gas is (a) being thrown into the fireplace from Washington, DC, which is at a comparatively secure distance from the conflagration, and (b) as a result of the ‘gas throwers’ have already declared an curiosity within the struggle occurring for so long as potential.”
He continued by saying President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “beforehand said good intentions” may supply a “totally different consequence” for “individuals such as you and me who truly need peace in Ukraine.”
Waters went on to reference Zelensky’s 2019 election marketing campaign guarantees by which he vowed to “finish the civil struggle within the East and convey peace to the Donbas and partial autonomy to Donetsk and Luhansk” and “ratify and implement the remainder of the physique of the Minsk-2 agreements.”
See Waters’ full open letter beneath.
The Minsk agreements sought to finish the Donbas struggle between the Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatists within the east. Prior to invading Ukraine in late February, nevertheless, President Putin stated the agreements “do not exist” and blamed “present Kyiv authorities.”
In late August, Zelensky said that “there might be no Minsk-3, Minsk-5, or Minsk-7. We is not going to play these video games, now we have misplaced a part of our territories this fashion… It is a entice.”
During a latest interview with CNN, Waters defined why he labeled Joe Biden a “struggle prison” and criticized NATO for forcing Russia’s hand. His “This Is Not a Drill Tour” runs via mid-October; tickets can be found here.