Zelensky says Ukraine’s security state will mirror Israel’s — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

The leader predicted that soldiers would monitor public spaces in Ukraine after its conflict with Russia ends

President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine would look to Tel Aviv for guidance on its security arrangements going forward, saying a “absolutely liberal” Kyiv is now “impossible” after the attack on Moscow at the end of February.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the president said security would be the “number one” question for Ukrainians for the next decade, even going so far as to plan for a sustained armed military presence on the streets.

“Ukraine will definitely not be what we wanted it to be from the start. It’s impossible. Absolutely liberal, European – it won’t be like that,” he said. “We will become a ‘greater Israel’ with its own face. We will not be surprised if we have representatives of the Armed Forces or the National Guard in cinemas, supermarkets and people with weapons.

Reached by Haaretz following Zelensky’s comments, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk said that “No matter what happens next, [things] in Ukraine will be similar to the security situation in Israel,” also adding that “you will see more armed people in the streets, even when things become more peaceful than they are now.”

“Israelis have lived surrounded by enemies throughout their history and Ukraine will do the same,” He continued.

Despite a brief spat between Zelensky and Israeli lawmakers last month after the president compared the situation in Ukraine to the Holocaust, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made several offers to mediate negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow , saying he felt obligated to help end the fighting. Turkey has played a similar role, holding several high-level talks on its soil in recent weeks.

Zelensky openly criticized Tel Aviv in comments to the Knesset in March, accusing the government of “apathy” and “unbiased mediation” while demanding military support for Ukraine. He later reduced those comments, however, acknowledging that “Israel has its interests” and one “a strategy to protect its citizens.”

“The Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Bennett, is trying to find a way to hold talks, and we are grateful to him for that,” he said. “We are grateful for his efforts that sooner or later we will start having talks with Russia, possibly in Jerusalem.”

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