Ukrainian President Vlaodomyr Zelensky has released a new middle-of-the-night video, rallying his people and decrying Russian shelling of civilian areas.
Zelensky starts the video by aiming his phone out of the window, defiantly proving he is at his office in Kyiv, and not hiding.
“I’m not afraid of anyone. For as long as it takes to win this war,” he says, according to a Sky News translation.
Day 12 of Russia’s full-on invasion of Ukraine. Where’s President Zelensky?
“I’m staying in Kyiv. In my office. I’m not hiding. And I’m not afraid of anyone.”
The comic turned president has truly become a wartime leader. pic.twitter.com/dKbzYWwpbo
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) March 7, 2022
He says negotiations with Russia are ongoing, but vows they will be pushed out and the damage rebuilt.
“You are not retreating. We are not retreating,” he says, describing the “nightmare” that the Ukrainian resistance has brought upon Moscow.
“”We will rebuild everything. We will make our cities that the occupier destroyed better than any city in Russia.”
But he also lashes out at the Russians for what he describes as inhuman bombing campaigns, include on strike that destroyed a bread factory, killing several people, according to Ukraine, and bomb damage to a church.
“They shot up a bread factory. Why? An old bread factory,” he says. “Who do you have to be to do such a thing?”
“And to destroy another church in Zhytomyr oblast, the Church of the Blessed Virgin built in 1862. These are not people,” he adds.