In an interview with U.S. entertainment channel Fox News on May 7, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that nothing will change for Ukraine if Russia declares war during the May 9 Victory Day celebrations.
Speaking about concerns that Russia may acknowledge its "special military operation" as a war, the President noted that “For us, the war has been going on for eight years, a full-scale war has been going on for more than 70 days..."
"The Russians have destroyed an entire city, like in a bad Hollywood movie."
Zelensky added that such actions, which are considered a “victory” in Russia, are a defeat for the entire civilized world.
Earlier, CNN, citing unnamed American and Western officials, wrote that Putin may officially declare war on Ukraine on May 9 instead of the socalled “special military operation,” as Russia currently calls the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Later, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal also stated that, according to the intelligence services of partner countries, on May 9, Russia intends to officially declare war on Ukraine.
Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said in an interview with NV that Russia is preparing to announce a full-scale military mobilization on May 9.