In his speech to the Ukrainians on Saturday night, Volodymyr Zhelensky said that the Russian occupation was “not intended to be limited to Ukraine” and that “the whole European agenda is aimed at Russia.”
“That is why it is not only the moral duty of all democracies and all European powers to support the will for peace in Ukraine,” he said.
The Ukrainian president’s speech came as civilians continued to flee in the face of an immediate Russian offensive in the eastern part of the country, with firefighters searching for survivors in a city north of the country where Russian forces have been evacuated. .
In the speech, Gelensky thanked the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and Austria for their visit to Kiev this Saturday and for their further support.
Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine on February 24 that killed at least 1,626 civilians, including 132 children, and wounded 2,267, including 197 minors. Very high.
The war has already left an undeclared number of military casualties and more than 11 million dead, of which 4.3 million have fled to neighboring countries.
It was the worst refugee crisis in Europe since World War II (1939-1945) and the United Nations estimates that about 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
The Russian invasion was generally condemned by the international community, which responded by sending arms to Ukraine and strengthening economic and political sanctions on Moscow.