Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky launched a self-shot video from central Kyiv on Friday vowing alongside key aides to remain and defend the capital towards the Russian invasion.
“We’re all here. Our military is here. Citizens in society are here. We’re all here defending our independence, our country, and it will stay this way,” Zelensky stated, standing exterior the presidency constructing.
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“Всі ми тут – захищаємо нашу Незалежність, нашу державу! Так буде й надалі. Слава нашим захисникам і захисницям! Слава Україні!????????” pic.twitter.com/hojX94ONDI
— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) February 25, 2022
Sporting olive inexperienced military-style clothes and standing together with his prime minister, chief of employees and different senior aides, Zelensky gave the impression to be responding to stress from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Russian troops clashed briefly with Ukrainian forces for the primary time inside Kyiv itself on Friday.
Bigger forces are bearing down on the capital and town was bracing for a doable evening of air strikes.
In the meantime, in a televised handle from Moscow, Putin branded Zelensky’s authorities “terrorists” and “a gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis”, urging the Ukrainian army to mutiny.
Zelensky has obtained assist from many Western leaders for his dedication to withstand Putin’s invasion, and European Union chief Charles Michel embedded the Ukrainian chief’s video in a tweet.
“The spirit of a free and democratic Ukraine is strong,” Michel stated.
The European Union is about to impose robust new financial penalties on Russia over the invasion, and Putin himself has been placed on a sanctions checklist for the primary time.
However Kyiv has been pushing EU and NATO members to do extra, specifically via supplying superior weaponry and excluding Russia from world monetary networks.
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