The former translator of the former Ukrainian president talks about the Russian invasion

CLEVELAND (WJW) — On Tuesday morning, residents of northeast Ohio got a glimpse of what some Ukrainians are going through in the midst of Russia’s vicious attacks.

FOX 8’s Kristi Capel spoke live Tuesday morning with former translator Alex Bilkun with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

Shortly after the interview aired live on the 6 a.m. show, FOX 8 learned that Bilkun needed to take cover as a threat quickly emerged.

Bilkun, which is about 7 miles from the nearest major city in Ukraine, said during the interview that he was very grateful for the support from Cleveland, the whole of the United States and even the world. whole.

He told us during the interview that the easiest way to express my message would be to burn in hell, but it’s not that easy to achieve that. Apart from these three words, I have nothing to say to this creature, because it is not a human being.

Bilkun went on to describe the current atmosphere in his hometown. “The city is very quiet,” he says. “There’s no panic. There’s no fear, no despair. It’s just resolve and the huge sense of unity.

He has only been to town occasionally to meet his basic needs, which are plentiful with the exception of fresh milk and bread.

“Even in Kyiv, which is currently under siege, people can do their basic food shopping,” he said. “It’s not hopeless.”

The First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, has a message for the people of her country:

“I will not have panic and tears. I will be calm and confident. My children are watching me. I will be next to them and next to my husband and with you.

Bilkun said people used to call President Volodymyr Zelensky a comedian and a clown, but he is now a “fantastic leader”.

“Not only a leader in its business and entertainment activities, but a national leader that Ukraine has never seen before,” he said. “I’m not talking about his nearly 100% support rating which no politician would appreciate; the nation truly grows stronger around him and what he does to the nation is perhaps one of the most powerful messages a government can send.

He went on to say, “He doesn’t question his nation. The nation does not question its leader.

As Northeast Ohio is home to one of the largest Ukrainian American communities in the United States, many are wondering how they can help the Ukrainian people at this time.

“Any support is invaluable,” he said. “Words of your support, either verbally or in writing. Any support, whether moral or material, is greatly appreciated. You will never be forgotten for this.