“What do we hear today? It’s not just rocket explosions, battles, the roar of aircraft. It is the sound of a new Iron Curtain lowering and closing Russia away from the civilized world. Our national task is to make this curtain pass not through our Ukrainian territory, but at the home of Russians.
The Ukrainian army, our border guards, police and special services stopped the enemy’s attacks. In the language of conflict, this can be called an operational pause.
In Donbas, our Armed Forces are doing great, the Kharkiv direction is very difficult, the forces for the defense of the city are working, they are reliable, they are our men. The most problematic situation today is in the south. Our troops are fighting fierce battles in the suburbs of Kherson. The enemy is pushing out of the occupied Crimea, trying to advance towards Melitopol.
In the north of the country, the enemy is slowly advancing in the Chernihiv region, but there are forces to hold it. Reliable defense is built in the Zhytomyr region. Enemy paratroopers in Hostomel are blocked, troops are ordered to destroy them.
Yes, we, unfortunately, have losses, losses of our heroes. Yes, we have captured Russian soldiers. Our doctors are helping some of them – those who have surrendered. Many Russian aircraft and many armored vehicles were destroyed.
Yes, we see that many Russians are shocked by what is happening. Some Russians are already calling on social media that they are against the war. We see it. But the leadership of the Russian Federation is unlikely to see it.
If you hear us, if you understand us, if you understand that you are attacking an independent country, please go out to the squares and address the President of your country.
We are Ukrainians. We are on our land. You are Russians. Now your military has started a war. The war in our state. I would very much like you to speak on Red Square or somewhere else on the streets of your capital, in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities in Russia. Not only in Instagram – it is very important.
What do we see at this hour? For the world community, Russia is becoming an analogue of the so-called DPR – this is complete isolation.
I am in constant contact with the leaders of partner countries and international organizations. Russia has already begun receiving the first sanctions from a large package of sanctions, the most powerful in world history.
No one will be able to convince or force us, Ukrainians, to give up our freedom, our independence, our sovereignty. But it seems that the Russian leadership is trying to do this by destroying the potential of their country. Everything that Russia has done since 2000 can now be burned live in front of the world.
We emphasize that Ukraine did not choose the path of war. But Ukraine offers to return to peace.
What can Ukrainians do? Help the national defense. Join the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and territorial defense units. Any citizen with combat experience will now be useful. It is up to you and all of us whether the enemy will be able to advance further into the territory of our independent state. Please help the volunteer community and the medical system, for example by donating blood.
Politicians and community leaders – help people, ensure normal life on the ground as much as possible. Everyone should take care of their loved ones and take care of those neighbors or acquaintances who need it. The duty of journalists, an important duty, is to defend democracy and freedom in Ukraine.
I spoke today with many leaders – the United Kingdom, Turkey, France, Germany, the EU, the United States, Sweden, Romania, Poland, Austria and others.
If you, dear European leaders, dear world leaders, leaders of the free world, do not help us today, then tomorrow the war will knock on your door.
Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine!
Glory to Ukraine!.” This is what Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said today in his video message addressed to the nation, the Russian people and the international community.
We do not need statements, but facts and help, says Dmytro Matiuschenko
“Of course it is a moment of maximum tension in Ukraine. Today Martial Law was introduced in Ukraine. The Ukrainian population was psychologically prepared for such a development of the situation, we are not panicking, we have cool heads. The question now is what we can do. We don’t need declarations from the Western world. We need tough, fast and massive actions against Russia,” underlined this morning Dmytro Matiuschenko (Minister Counselor of the Embassy of Ukraine in Spain).
Apart from economic sanctions and actions against Russia, Matiuschenko added that his country needs humanitarian aid and supplies of all kinds, especially medical supplies. So did tell the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, , this afternoon on a tweet: “He informado al Consejo Permanente de la OSCE sobre la brutal invasión rusa de Ucrania. Necesitamos más sanciones, necesitamos más armas para fortalecer nuestras defensas y necesitamos apoyo humanitario para quienes sufren ahora la agresión rusa.” (to find the original tweet click here).
Controlled the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant by hte Russian troops, the Embassy of Ukraine in Spain warned that there was a risk that another leak or accident or deliberate action on the radiactive waste in the nuclear plant migt happen.
Image over the headline.- Volodimir Zelenski (President of de Ucrania).© Presidency of Ukraine.
Related Eastwind links:
Putin invades Ukraine. Zelenski declares martial law in the country
Related external links:
Volodimir Zelenski.- Statement and plead for help for Ukraine to leaders worldwide
USA takes aditional sanctions against Russian nationals and companies (press briefing offered by the President of the United States, Joe Biden)
Reino Unido takes further economic sanctions against companies, banks and some Russian nationals. Sanctions are extended to Belarus
The United Kingdom extends visas for ukrainian citizens currently located in the UK
Tuits by Volodimir Zelenski:
WARN: The Ukrainian Government has recognised that Russian troops currently control the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and that they are located a few kilometers from Kiev.