“I want to address all Russian citizens. Not as president. I address Russian citizens as a citizen of UkraineZelensky said, speaking in Russian. There are more than 2,000 kilometers of common border between us. Your army is along that border now. Nearly 200 soldiers. Thousands of military vehicles. His leadership has agreed that they are taking a step forward, into the territory of another country,” he says.
Zelensky also said he tried to call President Vladimir Putin earlier today, but was not answered.
Militants gather at a military recruitment point in the separatist city of Donetsk – Photo: Reuters / Alexander Ermoshenko
The Ukrainian dismissed accusations that the Ukrainians are neo-Nazis, as Putin’s government calls them.
You have been told that we are Nazis. How can a country that gave 8 million lives to fight Nazism support it? How can I become a Nazi? Tell my grandfather about it, said Zelensky. “He was, throughout the war, in the infantry of the Soviet Army and died in the rank of colonel in Ukraine independent.”
“Does she tell you that we hate Russian culture? How can anyone hate culture? What culture? Neighbors are always culturally enriched, but that does not make them one, nor does it solve us in you,” said the Ukrainian president. “We are different. But that’s no reason to be enemies.”
Earlier, the presidents of the unilaterally proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, the two breakaway regions of the Ukraine Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow had formally asked Putin for help in repelling what it described as increasing aggression by Ukrainian forces.
“President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has received letters of appeal from the President of the Luhansk People’s Republic Leonid Bashnik and the President of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushlin,” Peskov said.
Kiev continues to increase its military presence in the line of contact, while receiving comprehensive support, including military support, from the United States and other Western countries. Peskov said that the Kiev regime is focused on resolving the conflict by force.
Denis Pushlin, a separatist leader from Donetsk, attends a press conference on Wednesday (23) – Photo: REUTERS/Alexander Ermoshenko
In view of the foregoing, the Presidents of the two Republics, in connection with the current situation, as well as in order to avoid civilian casualties and humanitarian catastrophe, on the basis of Articles 3 and 4 of the Treaties of Friendship, Cooperation and Assistance between the Russian Federation and the Republics, request the President Russia that help repel the aggression of the armed forces and formations UkrainePeskov added.
The leaders of the two breakaway regions claimed that the residents of the region were fleeing “due to the deteriorating situation and threats from Kiev”. According to Peskov, the appeal stated that “the actions of the Kiev regime testify to the unwillingness to end the war in the Donbass.”
parliament Russia He has already agreed to the deployment of Russian troops in foreign lands.
Donetsk and Luhansk regions recognized as independent by Russia – Photo: Arte g1
Dennis Pushlin said he supports dialogue with Ukraine, at the first moment. But he said at a press conference that the situation in the protracted conflict had become critical and the separatists were quick to mobilize forces, with healthy men aged between 18 and 55 being called up to fight.
“We will win. With people like these, we will win. With a country like this, with the greats Russiawhom we respect and esteem, and he said, “we have no right to lose or even to doubt our victory.”
recognition by Russia Western countries declared the independence of Donetsk and neighboring Luhansk illegal, and imposed new sanctions on Moscow.
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