Each of us will win: Zelensky to Ukrainians

Kyiv: “When I ran for presidency, I said that each of us is the President,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has emerged as a hero to his citizens, said on Monday.

“Because we are all responsible for our state. And now it turns out that each of us is a warrior. And I am confident that each of us will win,” Zelensky said on his official channel to boost the spirit of his countrymen as the battle entered fifth day and talks with Russia started in Belarus around 4.40 pm (India time). Zelensky’s stature has rose far beyond what it was three years back when as a former actor he was elected in a landslide victory in 2019.

As the war with Russia broke out on February 24 at 5 am, he refused to take the road to safety and not just remained with his countrymen but at great personal risk kept uploading his position on social media even during bombardment by Russia.

Zelensky, who agreed on Sunday to talks at the Belarus border with Russia to end the military conflict, urged Ukrainians to resist the invasion.

“I am here. We will not lay down any weapons. We will defend our state, because our weapons are our truth,” he said in one video clip outside his office in Kyiv.

“Our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children and we will protect all of this,” he added, according to a translation posted by media channels. Zelensky was in the limelight before 2020 for his role in the controversy surrounding former US President Donald Trump’s first impeachment. Zelensky was pressured by Trump and his allies to probe then-candidate Joe Biden and his family for corruption.

Today world over in just a span of five days, Zelensky has won praise across political and social spectrum digging his heels in Kyiv ground and producing a series of videos urging Ukrainians to resist the Russian invasion. He has been hailed on social media and even a few American lawmakers as “a bigger man than Putin” and that “even the dictator’s cronies know”.

In various videos he has issued so far winning hearts as he urged Ukrainians to resist the invasion, he was seen saying: “I am here. We will not lay down any weapons. We will defend our state, because our weapons are our truth.”

“Our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children and we will protect all of this,” he added.

By sticking in Ukraine, he become a leader for all Ukrainians. He rallied civilians to take up arms to slow the Russian advance. At the risk to his own life, Zelensky’s spirit resonated among his colleagues and countrymen.

Russia has “marked” him as its top target, believing that by killing the leader, support for the resistance would disappear, he also pointedly noted that his family was Russian target “No. 2.”

His decision to stay in Ukraine stands in clear contrast Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani Zelensky has also emerged as a leader to those opposed to Putin. (UNI)

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