Volodimir Zelensky visited wounded soldiers at the Kiev military hospital on Sundaywhere he gave them a medal in recognition of their sacrifices in the armed clashes for the invasion of Russia.
On his social networks, the Ukrainian president shared images of his visit to the soldiers, wishing them a speedy recovery, and added: “I think the best gift for your statement will be our common victory.”
In the images, it can be seen how Zelensky also congratulates and thanks the nurses and doctors for their arduous task of assisting soldiers wounded in combat.
In full Russian advance on Ukrainian territory, the head of state announced this Sunday that the besieged city of Mariupol, in the southeast of the country and which, according to several NGOs, is suffering a serious humanitarian crisis, will receive the first aid shipment in just a few hours with essential groceries.
“Today, the key task is Mariupol. Our humanitarian cargo, our convoy is 2 hours from Mariupol. Only 80 km left”Zelensky said in a video message played by Ukrainian agencies.
“Everything possible is being done to overcome the resistance of the occupiers,” said the Ukrainian president about the siege suffered by this port city of half a million inhabitants located in the pro-Russian region of Donbas.
“They even block (the work) of the priests of the Orthodox Church who accompany this shipment with food, water, medicine. Ukraine sent 100 tons of the most necessary things to its citizens”Zelensky specified.
And he added that “all diplomatic efforts are being made so that this shipment reaches its destination. Let’s see if Moscow can listen. We understand that now it is very difficult for all Ukrainians, for all 48 million Ukrainians, but we will win.”
Zelensky also reported that, so far, almost 125,000 citizens have been transported from the areas of hostilities to safe territory through humanitarian corridors opened by the Kiev government.
Despite the brutality of Vladimir Putin’s troops, this Saturday Zelensky assured that the losses of the Russian army “are colossal”.
“The losses of the Russian troops are colossal. The dynamics of the invaders’ losses on the 17th is already such that we can say with confidence – this is the biggest blow to the Russian army in decades. They never had so many losses in such a number of days, ”said the Ukrainian president in a video broadcast on social networks of him.
“The Russian army surrenders not only individually, but in entire groups… The invaders’ losses in technical capabilities are simply staggering”he added.
He also warned that if Putin seeks to take control of Kiev, “he will have to raze it and kill its inhabitants”: “Kiev is a symbol of resistance preparing for a fierce defense”.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Zelensky has achieved great popularity among the population for his leadership and his call to resist the aggression of Putin’s troops.
In recent days, local authorities indicated that the Ukrainian president survived “more than a dozen” assassination attempts by Russian mercenaries. However, the president warned that he will not give in to Putin’s threats: “I stay in Kyiv. In my office. I don’t hide and I’m not afraid of anyone.”
Mikhail Podolyakhead of the office of the Ukrainian president, warned about the existence of Russian “sabotage groups” entering Kiev with the aim of assassinating Zelensky and his family.
Speaking to the Pravda.com portal, Zelensky’s adviser indicated that “a very powerful intelligence and counterintelligence network” managed to thwart the attempted attacks perpetrated by Russian recruits, who were killed before reaching the Ukrainian president.
Podolyak argued that Western intelligence services were right warning that Zelensky was Putin’s “number one target”, but he clarified that the number of assassination attempts reported by the West is much lower than the real one: “Our foreign partners speak of two or three attempts. I think there were more than a dozen.
As indicated, the president’s office is constantly monitoring the sabotage groups that seek to enter the government neighborhood. However, these are located by intelligence agencies and shot down before reaching their goal.
One of the groups that tried to assassinate Zelensky, 44, was the Wagner Group, which has 400 members based in Kiev. The mercenaries infiltrated the Ukrainian capital with a list of 24 names to kill. The main mission was to assassinate the national leader in order to overthrow his government and place one that is controlled by Moscow.
The list of targets also included the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the entire cabinet, the mayor of Kiev, Vitaly Klitschkoand his brother, Wladimir.
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