Ukraine’s Zelenskiy, irked by interpreter, translates own comments

By Thomson Reuters Aug 18, 2022 | 4:22 PM

LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, irked by a translator’s failure to interpret his comments properly into English at a major news conference, on Thursday took over the job himself.

Zelenskiy – who prefers to speak Ukrainian in public – acted after the interpreter cut short his remarks during an event with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Turning towards the interpreter, he said pointedly: “And I said about the window of possibilities. I said that it couldn’t be solved because … we see each day guns and firing from the Russian side”.

He continued: “And I said ‘Slava Ukraini’ (Glory to Ukraine)”.

“Glory to Ukraine,” the translator quickly replied.

“Thank you so much. It’s important,” Zelenskiy said with evident irritation.

(Reporting by Sergiy Karazy; editing by David Ljunggren and Sandra Maler)