Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to remain in the country and defend it when Russian troops reportedly moved to invade the capital Kiev from the north and east.
“We are here. We are in Kiev. We are defending Ukraine,” he said in a Facebook video recorded on a Kiev street, Friday night February 25, 2022.
Zelensky stands with the other leaders of his government.
“Good evening everyone! Faction leaders are here. The head of the presidential administration is here. Prime Minister (Denys) Shmyhal is here. (Head adviser to the President’s Office Mykhailo) Podoliak is here. The president is here,” Zelensky said, pointing to various people around him as he spoke, ending with himself.
“We are all here. Our military is here. Citizens and society are here. We are all here defending our independence, our country and it will remain so. Glory to our defenders! Glory to our women defenders! Glory to our defenders! Ukraine!”
The rest of the group chimed in: “Glory to the heroes!”
Zelensky’s post, which has since gone viral online has been widely shared on various social media platforms.
Russian Troops Invade from North and East
Also on Friday evening, Zelensky released an official national address, confirming that Russian troops were close to the capital, advancing from the north and east.
He added that he is still in contact with world leaders including US President Joe Biden
“Our main goal is to finish this massacre,” Zelensky said in his speech.
“Ukraine heroically rejects Russian aggression.”