Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky told Ukrainians on Thursday they should be proud of having survived 50 days under Russian operation when the Russians “gave us a maximum of five”.
In his late-night video address to the nation, Zelensky called it “an achievement of millions of Ukrainians, of everyone who on February 24 made the most important decision of their life – to fight”.
The president gave a listing of the many ways in which Ukrainians have helped to fend off the Russian troops, including “those who showed that Russian warships can sail away, even if it’s to the bottom” of the sea referring tothe Russian missile cruiser Moskva.
Zelensky said he remembered the first day of the operation when many world leaders, unsure whether Ukraine could survive, advised him to leave the country.
He added “But they didn’t know how brave Ukrainians are, how much we value freedom and the possibility to live the way we want.”