December 13, 2022

When David Letterman travelled to Kyiv to interview Zelenskyy in October, Russians were busy sending missiles into Kyiv. In the subway, 300 feet below the streets, they were in the safest area of Kyiv.

Source: SF Chronicle

It’s not the deadly serious interview you might get from, say, “60 Minutes,” and it’s not a surprise that the two comedians — Zelenskyy also is a former stand-up comic and TV star — exchange a joke or two.

Letterman and his crew flew into Warsaw, traveled to the Ukraine border and then took a 14-hour train ride into Kyiv. The interview was conducted in a makeshift studio set up in a corner of a working subway platform 300 feet below the surface — away from any danger of Russian missiles.

Zelenskyy wore a black sweatshirt that says, in English, “I’m Ukrainian.” There is a small audience of mostly Ukrainian people. Trains zip through the station; at one point a siren sounds.

“What should we do?” Letterman asks.

“Nothing,” Zelenskyy shrugs.

Letterman smiles, “In any other circumstance, that wouldn’t be reassuring, but with you, I feel reassured.”

“Unfortunately, it means the war has become a habit,” Zelenskyy replies.

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