Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s President, said today that he is neither ‘afraid’ nor ‘hiding.’ The Ukrainian President, in an Instagram post, claimed that he is in Kyiv and is not worried. The announcement comes as Russian troops continue to shell multiple Ukrainian cities. Russian forces are closing in on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, from the north and west.
In a video posted to his official Instagram account, Zelensky remarked, “I stay in Kyiv. On Bankova Street. I’m not hiding. And I’m not afraid of anyone. As much as it takes to win this Patriotic War of ours.”
He stated that he will go to whatever length to “win this patriotic fight.”
Earlier on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Western countries that the ongoing battle will not stop in Ukraine and will touch the rest of the globe as well, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “beast” who will never be pleased.
Zelensky also added that US Vice President Joe Biden “can do more” to end the war.
The Ukrainian President’s comments come as NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg flatly rejected a no-fly zone over Ukraine on Friday, warning that such a step may spark wider European conflict with Russia.
In response to Biden’s pledge to keep US forces out of the fight, Zelensky said that missiles were hitting civilian targets in Ukraine, such as colleges and paediatric hospitals. If a missile flies over your head, “I believe there is no other option except to shoot them down. You have to keep people alive,” CNN quoted him.
The 44-year-old president has reportedly escaped three assassination attempts since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. According to accounts, the attacks were thwarted when Ukrainian authorities were warned of them.
first published:March 8, 2022, 12:49 p.m.