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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has avoided directly answering a question following his press conference on May 20 when asked if he could call Russian President Vladimir Putin a killer.

"Yes or no?" a female journalist of the Pryamiy TV Channel asked Zelensky.

The president did not give a direct answer:

"A hundred people may be killed in Donbas tomorrow because of your question. What would you do?... Goodbye. "

Earlier, speaking about Putin during the press conference, Zelensky said that he was "very cautious about giving assessments that could lead to escalation."

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As UNIAN reported earlier, during his interview with ABC News on March 16, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a "killer."