“Of course, there are some things we can’t argue about with the president of the Russian Federation,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine is a beauty. As far as ‘my’ is concerned, that’s a slight overstatement.”
Regarding the line about being dutiful and taking it, Zelensky added, “I think Ukraine is very patient. Because that’s wisdom. I think that’s important not just for Ukraine, but for all of Europe.”
It’s not the first time Putin has used such language. One of his most famous quotes dates back to 1999, when he was still prime minister, when he vowed to crush Chechen separatists, saying, “If they’re on the toilet, we will waste them out in the outhouse.”
The same applies to the current crisis. When he discards the diplomatic language, Putin speaks that we may see him.