“We’re going to win,” says Defiant Zelensky


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine would defeat Russia’s aggression by calling on citizens to take up arms and help repel Moscow’s invasion.

In an address to the nation on Saturday afternoon, he said Ukraine held key territory and had repelled a Russian assault on the capital Kiev.

“Kiev and key areas are controlled by our army. The occupiers wanted to install a puppet regime here. They failed.

The capital suffered another night of heavy shelling, including at least one strike on a residential building. Military analysts say Russia may not have made as much progress with its rapid advance in Ukraine as it had hoped, and fear a potentially devastating battle for control of the city could wait.

Residents spent another night in underground bomb shelters as Russian missiles fell on the city, and there are numerous reports of civilians making makeshift Molotov cocktails and taking up arms to help defend the city.

Zelensky, speaking in an address posted online, urged Ukrainians living abroad to return home and join the fight.

“Every friend of Ukraine who wants to join Ukraine in defending our country, please come. We will give you weapons,” he said. “All those who defend Ukraine are heroes.”

Zelensky also reiterated Ukraine’s pro-Western path, saying “the Ukrainian people deserve EU membership.”

The Ukrainian president also called on EU members to support an initiative to expel Russia from the SWIFT financial communication network.

“There is already almost full support from EU countries to disconnect Russia from SWIFT. I hope Germany and Hungary will have the courage to support this decision,” Zelensky said in a video address posted in line.

He also called on the Russians to pressure the Kremlin to immediately end the war in Ukraine. Turning to his native Russian, Zelensky thanked prominent Russians who voiced their opposition to the invasion, and said the Kremlin War would result in thousands of Russian casualties.

Speaking to Russian YouTuber Yury Dud, Novaya Gazeta editor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov, and singer Valery Meladze, who had criticized the Kremlin, Zelensky said: “Your conscience has been heard, and heard aloud”.

“We know that many Russians are shocked by the actions of their government. This is the right answer. Arrest those who are lying to us and lying to you.”


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