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Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky delivers foreboding message to EU leaders: reports


Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said goodbye to European leaders Thursday during a video chat — telling them that “this might be the last time you see me alive,” according to reports.

The 44-year-old leader made the chilling warning in a video call with EU leaders Thursday, sources told Axios and the Financial Times just before he publicly stated he was Russia’s “target number one.”

One of those on the call, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, also told the TT news agency that the EU leaders knew when they said goodbye that they might not see him again.

Zelensky, who appeared to address the other leaders from a bunker, vowed to remain in Kyiv even as it came under siege — and as he conceded that the Russians “want to destroy Ukraine politically by taking down the head of state.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers his address in Kyiv on Feb. 25.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers an address in Kyiv on Feb. 25, 2022.
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NATO leaders are seen on a screen as they attend a video summit on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
NATO leaders attend a video summit on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Servicemen of the Ukrainian National Guard take positions in central Kyiv.
Members of the Ukrainian national guard take positions in central Kyiv.
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A visual of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
A map of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“The enemy has designated me as target number one, and my family as target number two,” he said of wife Olena Zelenska, their son, Kiril, and daughter, Aleksandra


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Despite his reported warning, the world did see Zelensky alive again as he made a public video address Friday — shaming those same European leaders as well as the US for its lack of assistance.

“This morning, we are defending our country alone,” the president said of the “second morning of the all-out war,” according to a translation by CNN.

Servicemen ride atop a Russian armored vehicle in Armyansk, Crimea on Feb. 25.
Servicemen ride atop a Russian armored vehicle in Armyansk, Crimea, on Feb. 25.
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People take photos of still-smoldering Russian military vehicles on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
People take photos of still-smoldering Russian military vehicles on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
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A woman and her children arrive from Ukraine to Romania on Friday.
A woman and her children arrive from Ukraine to Romania on Friday.
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“Just like yesterday, the most powerful country in the world looked on from a distance,” he said in a clear nod to President Biden’s administration.

Zelensky directly likened the assault on his nation — which focused on the capital, Kyiv, on Friday — to “what Europe already witnessed during World War II.”

“Europe said, ‘Never again,’ but here we are,” he said, warning that Russia’s invasion was “the beginning of the war against Europe.”

Bodies of Russian servicemen lie inside and beside a vehicle after their raiding party was shot during a skirmish in Kyiv.
Bodies of Russian servicemen lie inside and beside a vehicle after their raiding party was shot during a skirmish in Kyiv.
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Ukrainian servicemen gesture as they ride on tanks towards the front line with Russian forces.
Ukrainian servicemen gesture as they ride on tanks towards the front line with Russian forces.
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Members of the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine load ammunition after receiving weapons to defend the city of Kyiv.
Members of the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine load ammunition after receiving weapons to defend the city of Kyiv.
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Accusing European nations of being in “no hurry” to help, he urged people to “demand from your governments more financial, more military assistance to Ukraine.”

“How are you going to help yourself, when you help us so slowly in Ukraine?” he asked.

He even encouraged any Europeans with “combat experience” to ignore the “indecision of politicians” and “come to our country and join us in defending Europe.”

The wreckage of an unidentified aircraft which crashed into a private house in a residential area in Kyiv.
The wreckage of an unidentified aircraft that crashed into a private house in a residential area in Kyiv.
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A volunteer, holding a rifle, protects a main road leading into Kyiv.
A volunteer, holding a rifle, protects a main road leading into Kyiv.
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People rest at a refugee shelter in Zahony, Hungary.
People rest at a refugee shelter in Zahony, Hungary.
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He insisted that “Europe has enough strength to stop this aggression,” noting a slew of measures not yet used.

“Visa cancellations for Russians, cutting them from SWIFT, a total isolation of Russia, recalling ambassadors, embargo on petroleum, imposing a no-fly zone, this must be in the table,” he said.

Zelensky did, however, praise Sweden for giving “military, technical and humanitarian assistance,” saying they were “Building an anti-Putin coalition together!”



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