Defending Kyiv is the “key priority,” says Ukrainian leader

Defending Kyiv is the

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the protection of the country’s capital, Kyiv, is the “key priority” for the state. 

“Kharkiv and Kyiv are currently the most important targets for Russia. Terror is meant to break us. To break our resistance. They are heading to our capital, as well as to Kharkiv,” he said in a Facebook message Tuesday.

“Therefore, the defense of the capital today is the key priority for the state,” Zelensky said,

Kyiv is special. If we protect Kyiv, we will protect the state. This is the heart of our country. And it must keep beating. And it will keep beating, so that life triumphs.”

In his message to Ukrainians, Zelensky also described Tuesday’s attack on the central square in Kharkiv as an act of terror.

“This is terror against the city, this is terror against Kharkiv, terror against Ukraine. There was no military target on the square,” Zelensky said.
“The rocket to the central square is outright, undisguised terror. No one will forgive. Nobody will forget. This strike on Kharkiv is a war crime.”

“We call on all countries of the world to respond immediately and effectively to this criminal tactic of the aggressor and to declare that Russia is committing state terrorism. We demand full responsibility for terrorists in international courts,” Zelensky said.

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