Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed confidence that the world will not allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to use nuclear arms.
His remarks come after Putin announced a partial mobilisation of military reservists for the battle against Ukraine.
Zelensky, in an interview with a German media outlet, said he does not believe that Putin will use nuclear weapons as the world will not allow Moscow to resort to such an action.
“Putin wants to drown Ukraine in blood, including the blood of his own soldiers," the Ukrainian president was quoted as saying.
Zelensky claimed that the Russian president called for partial mobilisation because of the decreased morale of his troops.
He warned against giving in to the demands of Putin as it is possible that in the future he may say Russia wants a part of Poland, or else nuclear weapons will be used. "We cannot make these compromises," Zelensky was quoted as saying.
Ordering partial mobilisation of some 300,000 reservists, Putin had, in a televised address, said Russia will all the means at its disposal to protect its territory. "This is not a bluff," he added.
Before the address, Putin had signed an executive order to being the process of mobilisation.
After Putin's address, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu announced that 300,000 people will be called up for service during the partial mobilisation.