PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy said that comments calling for a “judgement day” against Ukraine, made by Russian security official Dmitry Medvedev, were “cynical”, noting that they fell on the anniversary of the MH17 tragedy, in his evening address on July 17.
Zelenskyy countered, saying that “judgment day” will literally come for the Russian regime.
“Today, we heard another not very sober statement coming from Russia about the supposed doomsday for Ukraine,” said the president.
“Of course, no one will accept such intimidation. But look how cynical it is to say this today, on another anniversary of Russia's destruction of a Malaysian Boeing in the sky over the Ukrainian Donbas. 298 people were killed in an apparent act of terrorism: 80 children, citizens of ten states. Even then, Russia was following the path to the status of a terrorist state which will lead it to a special tribunal, that will definitely take place regarding Russian aggression against Ukraine. This will be the judgment day for Russia. And not in a figurative sense, not as a loud saying, but literally.”
Medvedev, who had formerly been a temporary president of Russia, had earlier burst into a new stream of hysterical threats against Ukraine at a meeting with World War II veterans in Volgograd.
Without naming anyone in particular, Medvedev said that "certain exalted bloody clowns … are trying to threaten us, I mean an attack on Crimea, and so on."
“In this regard, I want to say that it is quite obvious that they understand the consequences of such statements, and the consequences are obvious that if something like this happens, for all of them a “judgment day ” will immediately come, and it will be fast and tough and hard to avoid.”