Ukraine war: Putin to give shock G20 speech; Zelensky shrugs off assassination attempts

Source: Independent [UK]

“Vladimir Putin will set out Russia’s view of the ‘deeply unstable world situation’ in a shock G20 speech this week, the Kremlin has said, as Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that the Kremlin had tried to assassinate him at least ‘five or six times.’ Putin has avoided meeting Western leaders since he launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine last February. The upcoming event, held virtually, will be the first time in months he has spoken at an event in which major Western leaders have been either present or invited. It comes as Ukrainian wartime leader Volodymyr Zelensky said he had become numb to the threat of assassination as he compared recent attempts to like having Covid-19. ‘The first one is very interesting, when it is the first time, and after that it is just like Covid,’ he said in a new interview.” (11/21/23)