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Zelenskyy: " Despite the obvious senselessness of the war, the Russian military command still drives them to their death"

Zelenskyy: " Despite the obvious senselessness of the war, the Russian military command still drives them to their death"
Photo: Presidential office

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held another meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief's Staff today to discuss the operational situation on the frontline, he said in the evening video address.

He noted that he heard reports by the top brass and they discussed the use of new weapons by the occupiers, in particular, Iranian drones.

"We are constantly working to provide our warriors with weapons and ammunition. All active actions of the Ukrainian military must be synchronized with the use of high-precision weapons. This is one of the basic priorities," he said.

According to Zelenskyy, the situation is particularly tough in Donetsk Region.

"We are doing everything to curb enemy activity. This is where our number one goal is right now, as Donbas is still the number one goal for the occupiers," he said.

"Despite the obvious senselessness of the war for Russia and the occupiers' loss of initiative, the command of the Russian military still drives them to their death. Constant attempts of the Russian offensive in the Donetsk region will surely go down in the history of wars as one of the most cynical murders of one’s own soldiers. When we see this, when we see these offensives, we are once again convinced that the Russian mobilization is a frank attempt to give commanders on the ground a constant stream of 'cannon fodder'. There is simply no other point in the Russian mobilization," he added.

"They felt that they will lose, and they are simply trying to delay this moment, to ensure at least some activity at the front, to replace the dead with at least someone with weapons in their hands," Zelenskyy went on. "Unfortunately, Russian society is not yet aware of all the brutality of the Russian government towards its own people. But we must do everything so that every citizen of Russia recognizes that his own state is depriving him of the most important thing - the right to life."

Zelenskyy said he talked wit Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte today, including "about the criminal mobilization that Russia is carrying out in the occupied territory, trying to throw our citizens to death under the Russian flag, and about sham referenda - the world's reaction to them and to any further steps taken by the occupiers will be tough".

He thanked Rutte for his support and willingness to increase sanction pressure on Russia.

Zelenskyy said he had taken part in the launch of a special investment fund to support our Ukrainian entrepreneurs and export-oriented companies. The fund has already attracted 125 million dollars, and the amount will be doubled. The most esteemed Western funds, banks and institutions have invested in this fund, Horizon Capital Growth.

"I am grateful to everyone who prepared and implemented this investment project. And I believe that it can become a special signal for investors - a signal that it is possible and necessary to invest in the Ukrainian economy already now, as we are on the path to our victory," he said.

An important political and diplomatic event took place in the Office today. A project on the establishment of a Special International Tribunal to punish Russia for the crime of aggression against our state was presented to the ambassadors of thirty states - our partners.

"The difficulty of prosecuting Russia for this crime is that the existing international legal instruments are not enough. What is needed is a Special International Tribunal. And we are working on this project in great detail and meticulously. I have no doubt - the Tribunal will take place. Everyone who unleashed this criminal war against Ukraine and freedom in Europe will be brought to account," he said.

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