President Zelensky posts video from Kyiv street and reassures Ukraine he’s staying put

‘We are all here’, Volodymyr Zelensky said, as Russian troops close in on the capital

Laurie Churchman
Friday 25 February 2022 20:35
Comments
Zelensky tells Ukrainians he will remain in Kyiv to protect country
Leer en Español

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has released a video from the streets of Kyiv, reassuring people he is still in the capital as Russian troops close in.

There were rumours in Russian media that he had fled – but Zelensky insisted he was staying put.

“We are all here,” he said, surrounded by senior advisers and his prime minister.

“Our troops are here, citizens are here. All of us are here protecting the independence of our country.

“And it will continue to be this way.”

Zelensky’s exact whereabouts were kept secret following Russia’s invasion yesterday. Earlier, he told European leaders he was Russia’s “number one target” and warned he might not be seen again alive.

In the footage, recorded in a street outside the presidential office, Zelensky directs the camera towards each member of the group he is standing with, saying: “Glory to our defenders, glory to Ukraine, glory to heroes.”

Russian troops have been bearing down on the capital, with gunfire and explosions ever closer to the government quarter.

There have been reports of shelling, including explosions near a power station in the north of the city.

Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko said five blasts had been reported and emergency services were responding.

“The situation now - without exaggeration - is threatening for Kyiv,” he said.

He said the night would be “very difficult”.

This map details the progress of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during Thursday and Friday

He added bridges in the city had been taken under special control and checkpoints installed as Russian troops approach.

Earlier, Zelensky pleaded for Western assistance after saying his country has been “left alone” to defend itself.

“When bombs fall on Kyiv, it happens in Europe, not just in Ukraine,” he said. “When missiles kill our people, they kill all Europeans.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in