Saturday, June 25, 2022

Ukraine President, Cries Out, Says They Alone Against Russia

Moscow launched a full scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, seizing the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and killing 137 Ukrainians.

Fresh strikes have hit Kyiv amid warnings Russian forces are closing in on the capital as Nato allies prepare to determine the West’s next steps against the Kremlin.

In a video address, Volodymr Zelensky on Friday said: “They are killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets.

“It’s foul and will never be forgiven.”

US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have both announced crippling sanctions against Russia but will not be sending in troops.

Mr Zelensky said: “Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee of Nato membership? Everyone is afraid.”

The president said 137 people, including ten officers, had died and 316 were wounded.

Mr Zelensky said all border guards on the Zmiinyi island in the Odesa region were killed on Thursday.

He confirmed he would stay in the capital with his family despite being a target.

Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, said it is believed Russia intends to invade the whole of Ukraine.

He also confirmed that Russia lost more than 450 army personnel on the first day of full scale war with Ukraine.

It comes after elite Russian Spetsnaz soldiers failed to capture a key airport and to deliver their main objectives on day one of the conflict.

Mr Wallace told Sky News the Russians had made a “series of dishonest claims” about their preparation for war.

“Our assessment as of this morning is that Russia has not taken any of its major objectives,” Mr Wallace said.

“In fact, it is behind its hoped for timetable. They’ve lost over 450 personnel and indeed one of the significant airports they were trying to capture with their elite Spetsnaz has failed to be taken.

“In fact, the Ukrainians have taken it back. What that means, I think, is contrary to great Russian claims, and indeed President Putin’s vision that somehow the Ukrainians would be liberated and would be flocking to his cause, he’s got that completely wrong. and the Russian army has failed to deliver on day one, its main objective.”

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