Russia invaded Ukraine and the West reacts with condemnation and sanctions. Meanwhile, the President of Ukraine, Volodymir Zelensky, fears for his life; he assures that Vladimir Putin’s main objective is to assassinate him.
According to journalist Barak Ravid, correspondent of Walla News and Axios, in a videoconference with the European Union, Zelensky warned: “This might be the last time you see me alive.”
Follow live the most important events of the Russian invasion of Ukraine here.
It looks like an action movie, but these are real-life events happening right now. Putin invaded Ukraine, sent missiles against civilians and military, his military forces arrived in Kyiv and now they will try to end Zelensky’s government.
There are hundreds of dead and thousands of wounded; men cannot escape because they are obliged to render military service, children and their mothers are taking refuge in basements and even in Metro facilities; meanwhile, Europe and the West decide to condemn and issue sanctions to economically suffocate Putin’s tyranny.
Zelensky, for his part, pleads for help while assuring that Putin is after him and his family and acknowledges to his people and the world that Ukrainians are fighting alone.
In his video address to the nation, Zelenski noted that on the first day of the Russian operation, 137 “heroes,” including 10 military officers, had been killed and 316 people wounded.
“They’re killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets,” the president noted. “It’s obscene and will never be forgiven.”
“We are defending our country alone,” he declared. And in a criticism of the United States and Western allies, the president said, “Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone.”
The president indicated that he and his family remained in Ukraine, despite the fact that Russia had identified him as the “target number one.”
“They want to destroy Ukraine politically by taking down the head of state,” Zelenski stated.
“But now the fate of the country depends entirely on our army, on our heroes, our security forces, all our defenders,” he said.
In another speech broadcast on Friday, February 25, the Ukrainian president reiterated that Russian forces do not distinguish between military and civilian targets and noted that Russia’s mission is to put pressure on the Ukrainian people.
“We are left alone in defense of our state,” he reiterated.
President of Ukraine thanks for military assistance
After he pointed out that Ukraine is fighting alone, some support emerged that President Zelensky decided to thank countries for military assistance.
Sweden, for example, provided military, technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.
“Sweden provides military, technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. Grateful to @SwedishPM for her effective support. Building an anti-Putin coalition together!” the president said on his Twitter account.