Zelenskyy visits front lines in Ukraine’s battle-scarred northeast | News

President Zelenskyy wore a bullet-proof vest throughout his go to and was proven closely destroyed buildings within the area.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited troops on the entrance line in Ukraine’s war-torn northeastern Kharkiv area, his first official look exterior the capital Kyiv and its close by areas for the reason that begin of Russia’s invasion on February 24.

Zelenskyy’s workplace posted a video on Telegram of him carrying a bullet-proof vest and being proven closely destroyed buildings in Kharkiv and its environment on Sunday.

“You danger your lives for us all and for our nation,” the president’s workplace web site cited Zelenskyy as telling Ukrainian troopers, including that the president additionally handed out commendations and presents to the troops.

In a video of the go to, Ukrainian troopers are seen displaying Zelenskyy destroyed vehicles on the facet of a street going by means of a discipline.

“On this conflict, the occupiers are attempting to squeeze out no less than some consequence,” Zelenskyy stated in a later put up.

“However they need to have understood way back that we’ll defend our land to the final man. They haven’t any likelihood. We are going to battle and we will certainly win.”

Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi in Kyiv stated that the president travelled to an space that’s nonetheless underneath Russian assault to fulfill and thank Ukrainian troops.

His go to additionally sends a powerful message that Ukraine stays on a “sturdy footing” within the conflict towards Moscow.

“Actually a calculated danger, one for instance that the nation is on a powerful footing, little doubt to lift morale or preserve morale excessive as Ukraine continues to battle the Russians on a number of fronts alongside the japanese facet of the nation in addition to the south,” Basravi stated.

Zelenskyy additionally met native officers – the governor of Kharkiv area and the mayor of town – throughout this go to and mentioned reconstruction applications for the area.

“This can be a likelihood for such districts to have a brand new face,” Zelenskyy stated.

Andriy Yermak, Zelenskyy’s chief of workers, wrote on the Telegram app that the president had visited Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis of Kharkiv, and that 31 % of the Kharkiv area’s territory was at the moment occupied by Russia, and an extra 5 % had been taken again by Ukraine forces from occupying Russians.