'I'm not hiding. And I'm not afraid of anyone': Ukrainian President Zelensky posts video from his presidential office on the 12th day of the Russian invasion
Ukraine's President posted a video in his presidential office saying he was still in Kyiv.
"I'm not hiding. And I'm not afraid of anyone," Zelensky said.
The video came on the 12th day of Russia's attack on Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shared a video of himself in Kyiv inside his office on Monday, 12 days into Russia's attack on Ukraine.
"I stay here. I stay in Kyiv. On Bankova Street," Zelensky said in the video, according to an English transcript on his website. "I'm not hiding. And I'm not afraid of anyone."
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Zelensky said in a speech that he was the "number one target" but he has said he does not want to be evacuated from Kyiv, the capital of the country.
The comedian turned wartime president's regular video addresses have become a focal point of Ukraine's resistance. He has previously sent videos that appear to be from a bunker and outside of recognizable buildings in Kyiv, but this is the first since the war started that was filmed inside his presidential office, The New York Times noted.
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In the latest video, shared on Facebook, Zelensky said that Mondays have always been known as "hard" days, but he added, each day that the war drags on feels like another hard day, another Monday.
"We must realize that every day of struggle, every day of resistance creates better conditions for us," he added.
"Strong position to guarantee our future. In peace. After this war."
He offered words of encouragement to Ukrainian citizens as Russia's invasion of his country continued.
"Every Ukrainian man and woman who protested against the invaders yesterday, today, and will protest tomorrow are heroes," Zelensky said.
"We know that hatred that the enemy brought to our cities with shelling and bombing will not remain there. There will be no trace of it," he added. "Hatred is not about us. Therefore, there will be no trace of the enemy. We will rebuild everything. We will make our cities destroyed by the invader better than any city in Russia."
The invasion has led to hundreds of civilian deaths, but the official number will likely be much higher, according to The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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