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

LVIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, irked by a translator's failure to interpret his comments properly into English at a major news conference, on Thursday (Aug 18) took over the job himself.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures during a press-conference following the talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lviv on Aug 18, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures during a press-conference following the talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lviv on Aug 18, 2022

LVIV — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, irked by a translator's failure to interpret his comments properly into English at a major news conference, on Thursday (Aug 18) took over the job himself.

Mr 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," Mr Zelenskiy said with evident irritation. REUTERS

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