In order to expel the occupiers from Ukraine, it must become more difficult for Russia every day - Zelenskyi

In order to expel the occupiers from Ukraine, it must become more difficult for Russia every day – Zelenskyi

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The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, issued a new appeal based on the results of August 16, the 174th day of the war against the Russian invaders. As the president noted, the queue these days to leave Crimea for Russia across the bridge proves that the absolute majority of citizens of the aggressor country already understand and feel that Crimea is not a place for them.

Main with appeal Ukrainian leader:

  • Every day and every night we see new reports of explosions in the territory temporarily occupied by the occupiers. I am now asking all our people in Crimea, in other regions in the south of the country, in the occupied areas of Donbass and Kharkiv Region to be very careful. Please do not go near the military facilities of the Russian army and all those places where they store ammunition and equipment, where they keep their headquarters.

  • But they all have the same meaning: the destruction of the occupiers’ logistics, their ammunition, military and other equipment, and command posts saves the lives of our people. The fewer opportunities the occupiers have to do evil and kill Ukrainians, the sooner we will be able to end this war by liberating our land. And the queue these days to leave Crimea for Russia across the bridge proves that the absolute majority of citizens of the terrorist state already understand or at least feel that Crimea is not a place for them.

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  • I want to thank all Ukrainians who help our Armed Forces, our intelligence, our special services to weaken the occupying army. This is a significant advantage of Ukraine and the root cause of our future victory – the struggle of our defenders is based on the unconditional support of the Ukrainian people. This is a people’s war of liberation, this is an all-Ukrainian struggle for freedom and independence for our country.

  • Ukraine is protected by millions in one way or another. Millions of people who fight at the front, who fight for their cities and villages, including in the occupation, who stopped the occupiers’ equipment, who informed and inform our intelligence and special services, who oppose the occupiers in their rear, who provide the necessary supplies for Ukraine and work of all our state institutions and economy, who volunteer, who fight for our interests abroad, who fight in the information war. And we have to do – and will do – everything to preserve this national foundation of defense.

  • In order for the support of Ukraine in the world not to decrease and for our state to move towards victory, our own activity should not decrease either – absolutely everyone who in one way or another stood up for the defense of our state. Do everything, as you have been doing, for Ukraine. And even more, because the leadership of Russia expects that Ukrainians, Europeans and the whole world will feel tired from this war. We must do everything so that it is not us or our friends and partners who get tired, but our enemy.

  • I spoke today with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron. He informed him about the situation around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant and the next Russian provocations. Thank you for your great support. In particular, they discussed new security and macro-financial assistance to our state with Mr. President.

  • He also held talks with the Prime Minister of Denmark. Also about increasing financial support for Ukraine, about new sanctions against Russia. Thanked Mrs. Frederiksen for the defense assistance and for the fruitful conference in Copenhagen which recently agreed on concrete solutions for our defense.

  • Ban Ki-moon, the eighth Secretary General of the United Nations, and Juan Manuel Santos, ex-President of Colombia, visited Ukraine today. The main topic of conversation with them is security guarantees for Ukraine.

  • The Russian army of this era continued its absolutely senseless and brutal shelling of the cities of the Zaporizhzhia region and Dnipropetrovsk region – Orykhiv, Nikopol… Unfortunately, there are wounded, unfortunately, there are victims. Shelling of Kharkov and the border areas continues. But all this will not give anything to the occupiers and will not break our resistance.

  • Our heroes repel constant and very powerful attacks in Donbas. The occupiers are using everything there: aviation, rockets, phosphorus bombs, artillery… Very fierce battles are going on. We have to go through it, endure everything and win life. Ukraine must win, and it will.

  • Today I signed the decree on awarding our defenders. 189 soldiers were awarded state awards.

We will remind that at the invitation of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi, the UN Secretary General will arrive in Lviv on Thursday, August 18.

The day before, Zelenskyi said that everyone wants Ukraine to win, but no one wants to go to war with Russia.

In addition, Zelenskyi told when the ban on traveling abroad for men will be lifted.


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