Ukraine’s Zelenskiy tells Russians a vote for Putin is a vote for a murderer

By Thomson Reuters Feb 16, 2024 | 2:20 PM

KYIV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday that Russians who vote for President Vladimir Putin at elections next month should realize that they are voting for a murderer.

Russian authorities reported earlier on Friday that jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny had died in custody.

“The events tell (us) that Putin is a murderer and this is not rhetoric,” Zelenskiy told a news conference in Paris, commenting on Navalny’s death. “And this is not a signal. It is absolutely obvious he is a murderer and there are no secrets (here).”

(Reporting by Yuliia Dysa; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Leslie Adler)