Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (YouTube)

In his Thursday night address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Russia that any attempt at annexation would bring sanctions that would leave it as poor as it was after its civil war in 1917.

“I want to say right away: not all ‘Kherson People’s Republics’ will steal. If anyone wants another annexation, that can only lead to powerful new sanctions against Russia. You will make your country as poor as Russia has not been since the 1917 civil war. So it is better to seek peace now,” Zelensky said.

He urged residents of the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to be very careful about the information they provide to Russian troops.

“If they ask you to fill in questionnaires, to leave your passport data somewhere, you need to know – it’s not to help you… It’s aimed at falsifying the so-called referendum on your land, if an order comes from Moscow to stage such a spectacle,” he said.

Zelensky thanked the Spanish and Danish Prime Ministers for their support upon their arrival in Kyiv and thanked the Danish Prime Minister for showing his readiness to support post-war reconstruction in Ukraine, especially in Mykolaiv.

The President of Ukraine also thanked the United States for its additional support, saying, “The United States has announced a new support program for our state. We appreciate that. This package contains very powerful defense tools for our military. These include artillery, shells, drones. That’s what we expected. »

Earlier Thursday, Zelensky addressed Portugal’s parliament and said on Thursday that Russian forces had killed at least 1,126 Ukrainians in the Kyiv region alone, including 40 children. He also said that Russian forces had already “expelled” at least 500,000 Ukrainians from the territory they occupied.

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