President Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s address to the citizens of Ukraine at the end of the 216th day of full-scale war with Russia.
“Any criminal actions of Russia will not change anything for Ukraine. We recognize the UN Charter, we recognize the basic principles of coexistence of peoples and we will continue to act to protect normal life in Ukraine, Europe and the world. We will act to protect of our people: both in Kherson Region, and in Zaporizhzhia Region, and in Donbas, and in the currently occupied areas of Kharkiv Region, and in Crimea.
This farce in the occupied territory cannot even be called an imitation of referendums. What will be drawn instead of the result – we knew in advance. Alleged turnout, alleged interest. Even intelligence didn’t have to try very hard. Agreed figures for this farce – were thrown into the mass media. Russia is not even hiding.
The only rational response to such audacity of the occupier is even more support for Ukraine. And I thank our partners who confirm such support: defense, financial, sanctions,” said Zelensky.