Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will make his speech Thursday via video link at the five-day annual fair


  • David Letterman interviewed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a subway platform in October
  • The leader told Letterman that the siren is a daily indicator that the war in Ukraine is not yet over
  • Zelensky said Russia's military offensive is taking a toll on his children, especially his 9-year-old son

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed that he wants to drink some beer once Russia's military offensive is over.

In his interview with David Letterman for the Netflix show "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction," Zelensky said he doesn't have any definite plans for his future once the war in Ukraine is over.

But he promised to remain Ukraine's president until the country is liberated from Russian forces, Ukrainska Pravda reported.

"Until our victory is won, I will definitely remain president. And after that, I don't know. I'm not thinking about that now, I'm not ready," Zelensky told Letterman.

"I really want to go to the seaside. To be honest with you, David, I want to go to the sea. Just go to the sea, when we have won the war. And I would really like to drink some beer," he added.

Letterman interviewed Zelensky in late October at a subway platform in Ukraine's capital Kyiv 300 feet below ground.

At one point during the interview, a siren alarmed inside the subway, and Letterman asked the Ukrainian president about what the siren meant, Reuters reported.

Zelensky described the siren as an "indicator that war is not over" and that war "has become a habit" for Ukrainians.

Zelensky also opened up to Letterman that the war is taking a toll on his children, as his 9-year-old son already "knows the names of all weapons."

Letterman asked Zelensky if he had been changed by the war, and the Ukrainian leader told him that he was unsure if he had changed due to the war.

Zelensky said the war "puts us in different conditions of existence," of whether to choose to "either remain human or turn into an animal, a terrorist, a marauder, a rapist."

But he added that he learned "to love the simple things," such as his children, his life and mornings, because of the war.

On Wednesday, Time Magazine named Zelensky and the people who represent the spirit of Ukraine its 2022 Person of the Year.

Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal called this year's choice "the most clear-cut in memory."

The magazine said Zelensky's success as a wartime leader became an inspiration for many Ukrainians and people around the world.

Alona Shkrum, a Ukrainian opposition lawmaker, told Time that while she did not vote for Zelensky, she owed him because of "the fact that we survived."

President Volodymyr Zelensky's  pleas for more advanced and powerful weapons have been unsuccessful so far