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Ukrainian President ‘offended’ media said he had been ‘pressured’ by Trump

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signaled that he was more upset about the aftermath of his now-infamous July 2019 phone call with then-President Donald Trump than the actual call.

Trump was impeached for the conversation, as House Democrats claimed he improperly tried to pressure Zelensky into announcing an investigation into Hunter Biden and his dealings with energy firm Burisma by withholding military aid. In an interview with Axios, Zelensky took issue with the characterization that Trump pressured him.

“Honestly, the main thing I read when my name appears in different media outlets, I read that Trump put pressure. Pressure? Well, I was very offended to hear this,” Zelensky said. “Why? Because I am the president of Ukraine. We may be smaller than the United States, but we are an independent Ukraine. We proved this to Russia when we kept our territory. We continue to prove that we are an independent country. This is why he did not pressure me. I will never say that.”….

“There was one unpleasant thing. Until now I have not spoken about this,” Zelensky told Axios. “The publishing of our conversation, I think this is very wrong. And it was not Ukraine who made it public. I would never let that happen.”

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