Zelenskyy says Russia is trying to completely destroy the Donbass
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of destroying the Donbass and everyone who lives there.
He warned: “The constant brutal bombing, the constant Russian attacks on infrastructure and residential areas show that Russia wants to cleanse this territory of all people.
“So defending our country, defending our people, is literally a fight for your life,” he said late Friday in his late-night video address to the nation.
The President also said that the cities and towns of Donbass would only survive if Ukraine survived.
If the Russian invaders can even partially realize their plans, then they will have enough artillery and aircraft to turn the entire Donbass into stones. As in Mariupol.
Zelenskyi said Mariupol, once one of the most developed cities in the region, is now a Russian concentration camp amidst the ruins.
In Kharkiv, a major city in the north, the situation is brutal, but Ukrainian troops and intelligence agents have made important tactical gains, he said without elaborating.
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said about 20% of the city’s residential buildings were so badly damaged that it will be impossible to restore them.
Zelenskyi said rescuers were still walking through the rubble in Kyiv after Thursday’s rocket attacks. He expressed his condolences to the family of Vira Hyrych who was killed in the bombing. He said she was the 23rd journalist killed in the war.