'Putin Is Worse than Hitler:' Ukrainians Vent Their Fury As Families Flee

A frustrated Ukrainian has warned that Vladimir Putin will invade other countries in Europe, claiming the Russian president is "much worse" than Adolf Hitler.

CNN's Clarissa Ward met the man while interviewing members of the public at a Kyiv train station on Monday.

The middle-aged man, who said his wife and 87-year-old mother were on a train about to depart, suggested that history could repeat itself. He said Putin, just like the Nazi dictator, would not be satisfied with invading just one country.

The video of Ward's conversation with the man was posted on Twitter by CNN reporter Nora Neus on Monday and has so far garnered more than 43,000 views.

"What you see here, it is very possible you will see that in a couple of months in Europe, believe me," the man said in English, after approaching Ward.

He added: "Hitler was not stopped in west Germany, wasn't stopped in Austria, wasn't stopped in Czechoslovakia, wasn't stopped in Poland."

Ward asked the man whether he believed the Russian president was like Hitler.

He replied: "He is much worse [than Hitler]. Because Hitler was an idiot. [But] he did it, in his mind, for German people, Putin [does] it only for himself, for power."

The man closed the impromptu interview by telling the reporter that his wife and mother were on the train, but he would not be joining them because he could not leave his country.

Last week, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky invited Putin for face-to-face talks in hopes of ending the conflict. Since the invasion began on February 24, he has repeatedly called on international leaders to condemn Russia and support his government.

"Good Lord, what do you want? Leave our land. If you don't want to leave now, sit down with me at the negotiating table," Zelensky said in a message to Putin last Thursday.

Hours after the invasion was launched, Zelensky compared Putin's Russia to Nazi Germany. Similar comments have been made by various figures inside and outside Ukraine.

Earlier on Monday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in an interview that Moscow was willing to end its military action if certain conditions were met.

"We really are finishing the demilitarization of Ukraine," Peskov told Reuters.

"We will finish it. But the main thing is that Ukraine ceases its military action. They should stop their military action and then no one will shoot.

"We have also spoken about how they should recognize that Crimea is Russian territory and that they need to recognize that Donetsk and Luhansk are independent states. That's it. It will stop in a moment."

He also said Kyiv had to give guarantees that it would not join NATO.

At the time of writing, Ukraine has not publicly responded to these demands.

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President Vladimir Putin visits the National Space Center construction site in Moscow on February 27—three days after he launched the invasion of Ukraine. Sergei Guneyev/Getty Images