President Zelensky has rubbished claims made by Donald Trump that he could stop Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine “in 24 hours”, saying he already had the chance to do so when he was serving as president, yet didn’t.

Trump made the remarks during a largely nonsensical tirade at an event last month where he also said he “got along with Putin” and made bizarre comments about waves of Russian missile and drone attacks against Kyiv.

When asked about Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, he said: “I want to stop that war, I don’t want that war to continue.

“And I’ll stop that war, mark my words, I’ll stop that war in 24 hours.”

Speaking to ABC’s “This Week” in a Sunday interview with Martha Raddatz, Zelensky responded: “It seems to me that the desire [by itself] to bring the war to an end is beautiful but this desire should be based on some real-life experience.

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“Well, it looks as if Donald Trump had already these 24 hours once in his time,” said Zelensky.

“We were at war, not a full-scale war, but we were at war, and as I assume, he had that time at his disposal, but he must have had some other priorities.”

Putin started the war against Ukraine in 2014, with fighting ongoing throughout Trump’s time in the White House.

On the campaign trail in recent months Trump has repeatedly said he could end the war in a day if he were elected for a second term. He has not elaborated on how that would happen.

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Many analysts believe that he would simply propose that Ukraine freeze the current lines and cede Ukraine’s territories that Russia has already taken starting with Putin’s illegal seizure of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and then expanded territorial takeovers into the Donbas region of eastern and southern Ukraine.

Russian forces captured further territory following the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022.

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Ukrainian leadership has taken the firm stance that all its territory must be returned with all Russians retreating outside Ukraine’s internationally recognized boundaries established in 1991 when the country voted to exit the Soviet Union.

“If we are talking about ending the war at the cost of Ukraine, in other words, to make us give up our territories, well, I think, in this way, Biden could have brought it to an end even in five minutes, but we would not agree,” Zelensky said.

Trump’s dealings with both Zelensky and Putin would seem to indicate that he would propose just such a deal – one entirely unacceptable to Kyiv and desirable for Moscow.

While President, Trump temporarily withheld congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine in a “quid pro quo” attempt to get Zelensky to start an investigation into then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Trump’s attempts to blackmail Zelensky were recorded in phone conversations between the two leaders. The incident was the subject of Trump’s first impeachment in the US House of Representatives, though he was acquitted in the Senate along strict party lines with no evidence or arguments being heard in the trial.

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Trump has had a much more friendly relationship with Putin, even to the point of calling Putin “a genius” for his full-scale invasion of Ukraine only a few days after Feb. 24, 2022.

Later in the interview, Raddatz asked Zelensky what he would say to Americans who say the US has already given enough aid to Ukraine.

Zelensky said that when they were given enough aid to win the war on Ukraine’s terms that would be “enough aid” and Ukraine would not need any more aid after that.

“When it comes to the word ‘enough,’ well, we, Ukrainians, are not people known for excessive appetites,” he said.

“Our victory is enough for us. Honestly, when we have enough for our victory, then it will be enough.”

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Joseph Swanson
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trump is NO friend to Ukraine.  trump will backstab Ukraine.  trump is working on his "24 hrs. plan" through backdoor deals with russia.  trump's idol reagan did the same...backdoor deal with Iran.  In this case, the better deal will be russia will be allowed to keep ALL current occupied Ukrainian land and Ukraine government will be forced to accept it under trump presidency.

October 2007: trump said Putin’s doing a great job
December 2011: trump praised Putin’s “intelligence” and “no-nonsense way” in his book “Time to Get Tough.”
June 2013: trump wonders if Putin will be his “new best friend”
October 2013: trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
October 2013: Trump says Putin is outsmarting the US
Oct. 11, 2015: trump says they had good ratings together
Nov. 10, 2015: trump reiterates that he and Putin “were stablemates”
Dec. 17, 2015: trump returns Putin’s praise
Dec. 18, 2015: trump defends against allegations Putin has ordered the killings of journalists
Feb. 17, : trump says he’d be “crazy” to disavow Putin’s praise
April 28: trump says maybe they’ll get along
July 29 2023: trump calls for conditioning Ukraine aid on congressional Biden probes.  Ironically enough, trump was impeached already for having blackmailed Ukraine the first time by holding aid.

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https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/03/politics/trump-putin-russia-timeline/

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Joseph Swanson
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trump's "24 hr. plan" is today's reagan's back door deal with iran regarding release of the hostages and to sink carter's re election,  iran was promised reagan would be elected and offered a better deal. Today's better deal is  that russia will be allowed under trump, to keep Crimea, Donbas, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Melitopol, amd Mariupol.  Biden's re election like Carter will have been sunk...Ukraine destroyed and divided and trump and his demons will be perfectly fine with this.
Quick side note, trump met with reagan when he was a young man and is an admirer of reagan.

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hitler
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Zelensky is a little cry baby who could never achieve anything on his own. The funny thing is that he claims that he wears his greens as unity for the war but take a look at history and all of the great military leaders or their military outfits during war, Stalin, Hitler, Tojo and so on but they were wearing their uniform as a leader would wear a uniform but selinsky's uniform or green shirt is something that a soldier would wear but yet he is not dressed like a leader and he's dressed like a soldier but he does nothing to help or do anything for soldiers and tries to be a leader when he stoops down to a soldiers level, no wonder people think he's a comedic joke because he doesn't even dress like a leader and if you wants to wear soldiers clothes before unity and why doesn't he lead his men into battle like many other great generals and military leaders, because he is a coward.

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Joseph Swanson
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JACK GRIFFIN Guest • 5 hours ago
Everyone is jumping to conclusions. What if President-elect Trump tells Putrid: 'Get out of Ukraine now or face a fire and fury the world has never seen'??
Jumping to conclusions? LOL! The world has already seen how the trump presidency addressed russia's invasion of Crimea, Ukraine in 2014...HE DID NOTHING.
None of these trump tools can answer what does trump's 24 hrs plan entail exactly AND why, when he was president, did nothing...these questions must be answered before not after elections...anything less is outright lying.

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Nowa Jan
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Russia Spy Agency and Israel's Mossad manipulated Donald Trump because the latter did something illegal and immoral. Mossad and Netanyahu deceitfully pushed or manipulated compromised Donald Trump in trashing JCPOA and in imposing more lethal economic sanctions on Iran-which only benefit Israel. Russia's Spy Agency and Mossad also manipulated Donald Trump in hiding classified documents for them. Donald Trump must rot in prison for
being a traitor. Lesson to learn: Elected and appointed government officials must not do anything illegal or immoral or both-so nobody or no spy agency can manipulate them or make them an offer that they can't refuse- so nobody or no spy agency can hurt their loved ones. IF ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, IT WILL.

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Peter Galanos. US Army
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Trump wants to throw the good soldiers and civilians in the garbage can and apparently saying all the war crimes against the people doesn't mean anything. I’m now looking to NOT voting for Trump.

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Michel Michel
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You sound just like the ignorant cnn clowns - RU invaded Ukraine in 2014 when biden was WP with Ukraine are responsibility - RU invaded Ukraine in 2022 when biden was P and you still see no patern. Under Trump no new wars was started. Biden has taken millions $ i bribes from RU so putin thought that the west would not react to more agression against Ukraine

Joseph Swanson
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@Michel Michel, The invasion started in 2014 or did you forget Crimea?
Instead of shilling for trump how about you answer why trump did NOT stop the war in 24 hrs. when he was president?

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Joseph Swanson
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Look at this comment by trump whore american chris..."No one knows what Trump will do."
Goes on a tirade, then types the aforementioned. It was trump that blackmailed Ukraine by not releasing the funding. And most importantly trump had his chance to end the war in 24 hrs. and did not...these are the facts.

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Joseph Swanson
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“And I’ll stop that war, mark my words, I’ll stop that war in 24 hours.”
trump will never explain the details...until he gets elected. In turn, Ukraine will be blackmailed by trump...again. Military & financial aid will be cut OR done away with altogether. Ukraine will be forced to surrender.
Why? Why does the 'very stable genius" not elaborate what his 24 hour plan is?

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Imokru2
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Trump’s mouth has made it very difficult for him to become President again. Many good people refuse to vote for him s second time, even though he did a decent job as POTUS.
He is also getting up there in years, and Republicans would be best served with DeSantis.
Trump somehow thinks that he could get a deal to end the war by getting himself, Putin and Zelensky into a room for 24 hours. Never mind the rest of NATO. It is just ludicrous.

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American Chris
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As Kyiv Post reports Biden opposed to Ukraine as a NATO member at this time: "Biden told CNN. He said it was “premature” to “call for a vote... now” because there were other “qualifications that need to be met". No one knows what Trump will do. Trump shocked the world and criticized by media several times saying NATO members failed to support NATO that is known now, North Korea could get worst devastation world has seen that motivated North Korea leader to reduce threats and Trump was 1st President to enter North Korea but now North Korea again threatens including Ukraine, and Trump opposed Obama & Biden embargo of weapons to Ukraine and Trump first approved weapons to Ukraine. U.S. election season is beginning so expect many campaign "bombshell" events: Biden saying Russia at war with Iraq and other candidates saying to end the war. Ukraine will be a major campaign issue. U.S. politics will be queer until Spring 2025.

Joseph Swanson
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@American Chris, Instead of shilling for trump how about you answer why trump did NOT stop the war in 24 hrs. when he was president?

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