“I wish to want all of us one factor – victory. And that is the principle factor. One want for all Ukrainians,” Zelenskyy, wearing his trademark khaki outfit, mentioned in a video message a couple of minutes earlier than midnight.
He reiterated, as he typically has since Russia started its invasion in Ukraine in February, that he’ll keep along with his individuals whereas they’re preventing for freedom.
“We have been advised to give up. We selected a counterattack!” he mentioned.
“We’re able to struggle for it (freedom). That is why every of us is right here. I am right here. We’re right here. You’re right here. Everyone seems to be right here. We’re all Ukraine.”
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, calling it a “particular operation” to “denazify” and demilitarise Ukraine, which he mentioned was a risk to Russia. Kyiv and its Western allies say Putin’s invasion was merely an imperialist land seize.
Putin used his personal New Yr’s deal with to rally the Russian individuals behind troops preventing in Ukraine.
Whereas Moscow had deliberate a swift operation to take over its neighbour, the struggle is now in its eleventh month, marked by many embarrassing Russian battlefield setbacks and Ukraine’s profitable defence of most of its land.
Russian forces have been engaged for months now in fierce preventing within the east and south of Ukraine, to defend the lands Moscow proclaimed it annexed in September and which make up the broader Ukrainian industrial Donbas area.
On Saturday, Zelenskyy vowed to deliver again what has been taken away.
“Let this yr be the yr of return. The return of our individuals. Troopers – to their households. Prisoners – to their houses. Emigrants – to their Ukraine. Return of our lands,” Zelenskyy mentioned.
“The return of what has been stolen from us. The childhood of our youngsters, the peaceable previous age of our dad and mom.”