Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called this Thursday to the Ukrainians to resist, when a week has passed since the invasion of Russia began, and has promised to rebuild the country when the war ends. In a new address, the president has demanded that Russia pay for all the destruction that its invasion is causing since last February 24.
“We will continue to do so and we will continue to stand.”has pointed out hours after the city of Kherson fell to Russia during the advance of Russian troops in southern Ukraine.
Zelenski has admitted that “the first hours and days of this large-scale war” have been “very difficult”, that they have been “alone”, and that means, as he has stated, that they have been “very strong” and have “survived “, before emphasizing that the Ukrainian forces have managed to preserve all the front lines.
In his speech he addressed Russia to demand reparation: “We say to Russia: teach (the population) the words ‘reparations’ and ‘contributions'”.
The Ukrainian president has announced social aid for those unable to work due to the war and has guaranteed that retirees will be able to continue collecting their pensions. He also thanked foreign support and underlined: “We will continue to fight for freedom. We have nothing but our freedom. It is our greatest treasure“.
“Our air defense systems have worked”
The fact that the Russian Army is attacking cities in the country with artillery and missiles, the president of Ukraine has affirmed, supposes “a recognition that they have not been able to do anything significant“As part of their invasion.
“They have been suppressed. They are doomed,” stressed Zelenski, who has stressed that the capital, Kiev, has suffered new bombings during the early hours of this Thursday. “Our air defense systems have worked,” he stressed.as reported by the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN.
In this sense, he stressed that the towns of Chernihiv, Sumy and Mykolaiv “are holding on”. “They wanted to destroy our Odessa, but they will only see it from the bottom of the Black Seabecause they are at the bottom”, he settled.
For his part, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Alexei Danilov, highlighted during the day that the Border Guard troops have made progress in the Sumy region and has stressed that “they have entered the line of state border” after fighting with Russian troops.
The Defense Minister asks “to go to total resistance”
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznivkov, has called for “total resistance” against Russian troops and to increase the pressure on the enemy. “The time has come to increase pressure on the enemy, who has lost the initiative. It is time to move to total resistance,” Reznikov said in a statement posted on Facebook.
He added that the Ukrainian army “successfully repulses” the frontal attacks of the Russian forces and annihilates their columns. “Russia has not resisted and has begun to acknowledge its casualties,” Reznikov noted.
Russia admitted this Wednesday, for the first time since the invasion began, the death of 498 Russian soldiers in the war, in addition to 1,597 wounded soldiers.
For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski, estimated last night at about 9,000 the fatalities of the Russian Army since the beginning of the invasion. The number of civilians killed in the country since the start of the war, according to Ukraine, rises to 2,000.
The Ukrainian Defense Minister has especially addressed citizens who are in the territories temporarily occupied by Russian troops. “With your help our Army will win and expel the occupants faster. Russian troops must be deprived of rearguard support“, he pointed out.
Reznikov has called for an attack on the supply columns that follow the armored columns. “If the enemy runs out of fuel, supplies, food, technical support, he won’t be able to do anything,” he added.