Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2022-05-13 22:04:58 –
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukrainians are doing everything they can to get rid of Russians, but “today, no one can predict how long this war will last.”
“This, unfortunately, does not depend solely on our people who are already making the utmost efforts,” he said in his nightly video speech to the country. “This depends on our partners, European countries, the entire free world.”
He said he was grateful to all those working to strengthen sanctions on Russia and strengthen military and financial support for Ukraine. “This is the only recipe to protect freedom in the face of Russia’s aggression. And for Western countries, this is not just a cost. It’s not about accounting, it’s about the future.”
Zelenskyy said Ukraine shot down the 200th Russian aircraft of the war on Friday, and he noted Russia’s great loss of tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones.
“And for what? Let the Lenin statue stand a little longer in the temporarily occupied Genicesk? Russia has no other consequences and is not possible.”
In April, Russian troops restored the Lenin statue in Genicesk, a town in southern Kherson.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine is engaged in “very difficult negotiations” to evacuate injured fighters trapped in the Mariupol steelworks. “We are talking about many people. Of course, we are doing everything else to evacuate each of our defenders. We are already the most influential. We have brought in everyone in the world who can be an intermediary. “
Zelenskyy said Ukrainian troops had regained towns and villages from Russian troops. He said work was underway to restore electricity, water, telephone communications and social welfare.