Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russians are ‘following the devil’ after the country launched a wave of New Year’s Eve attacks on Ukraine: ‘No one in the world will forgive you for this’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on December 21, 2022.AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
  • Zelenskyy on Saturday railed against Russia over its New Year's Eve strikes on Ukraine.

  • "They call themselves Christians. ... But they are following the devil," he said during his address.

  • Zelenskyy traveled to Washington this month to meet with US President Biden and speak to Congress.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a Saturday address pointedly told Russia that "no one will ever forgive you" after the country unleashed a wave of missile attacks on Ukraine on New Year's Eve.

Zelenskyy — who recently traveled to the United States to meet with President Joe Biden and speak before a joint session of Congress — was forceful in stating that Russians were akin to "following the devil."

Russia in the last few days has led major two rounds of missile strikes on Ukraine, with the attacks affecting the capital city of Kyiv and other parts of the country on Saturday. The strikes killed at least one person and have injured 14 individuals, according to the Associated Press.

"They call themselves Christians. They are very proud of their orthodoxy. But they are following the devil," Zelenskyy said during his address. "They support him and are together with him."

Zelenskyy went on to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin is hiding and warned that neither Ukraine nor the world community would "forgive" the violent attacks on his country.

"And what will be with all of you, citizens of Russia, does not concern him," he said. "Your leader wants to show that he has the troops behind him and that he is ahead. But he's hiding. He hides behind the troops, missiles, his residences, palaces."

"He hides behind you, burns your country, your future. No one will forgive for terror. No one in the world will forgive you. Ukraine won't forgive," he emphasized.

Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and with the New Year approaching, it will soon be nearly a full year since the start of the conflict.

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