‘It’s war in Europe’: In open letter, First Lady of Ukraine says Putin ‘underestimated our country’

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Kyiv (Ukraine): Amidst Russia’s ongoing military operations in Ukraine, First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska has published a open letter Shows what has happened to the country in the last two weeks on her Facebook page.

“It was impossible to believe what happened a week ago. Our country was peaceful; our cities, towns and villages were full of life. On February 24, we all woke up to the announcement of the Russian invasion. Tanks crossed Ukrainian Borders gone, planes enter our airspace, missile launchers surround our cities,” he began.

“Despite assurances from Kremlin-backed propaganda outlets that call it a “special operation” – it is, in fact, a mass murder of Ukrainian civilians. Perhaps the most horrific and devastating child casualties of this invasion are eight-year-old Alice Joe Oktirka Died on the streets while her grandfather tried to protect her. Or Polina from Kyiv, who died in a gunfight with her parents. Arseny, 14, was hit in the head by rubble, and could not be saved. because an ambulance couldn’t get to her in time because of the intense fire. When Russia says it’s ‘not going to war against civilians,’ I first call these slain children,” she said.

Zelenska added that women and children in Ukraine now live in bomb shelters and basements. “All of you have seen these images most of all from Kyiv and Kharkiv metro stations, where people with their children and pets are lying on the floor – trapped beneath. These are the results of war for some, for Ukrainians It is now a horrifying reality. Due to indiscriminate and deliberate bombing and shelling of civilian infrastructure in some city families cannot get out of the bomb shelters for several days in a row,” she wrote.

He continued, “The first newborn of the war, looked at the concrete ceiling of the basement, his first breath was the sweltering air of the underground, and he was welcomed by a trapped and terrorized community. At this point, there are several dozen children who have lost their lives.” I have never seen peace in my life. This war is being waged against the civilian population and not just by shelling.”

Local communities on social media are full of despair, he said, adding that many people, including the elderly, the seriously ill and the disabled, have been cut off, cut off from their families and without any support. “War against these innocent people is a double crime,” she said.

The streets in Ukraine are flooded with refugees, she wrote.

“Aggressively, Putin thought he would bring blitzkrieg on Ukraine. But he undermined our country, our people and their patriotism. Ukrainians, regardless of political views, native language, beliefs and nationalities, stand in unparalleled unity ,” He said. said.

“While Kremlin preachers brag that Ukrainians would welcome him as a savior with flowers, he is left with a Molotov cocktail. I thank the citizens of the attacked cities, who helped those in need. Those who keep working – in pharmacies, shops, public transport, and social services – show that in Ukraine, life wins. I acknowledge those who have provided humanitarian aid to our citizens and Thank you for your continued support. And thank you to our neighbors who have generously opened our borders to provide shelter to women and children, keeping them safe even when the attacker has made us unable to do so,” she said. .

“In cities where shelling continues, where people find themselves under rubble, unable to get out of basements, we need humanitarian aid and safe corridors to evacuate civilians to safety. We need our own,” he said. Those in power are needed to close the sky! Shut down the skies, and we’ll manage the war on the ground ourselves.”

She concluded: “I testify and tell the world: the war in Ukraine is not a war “out of nowhere”. may enter your cities aggressively under the pretext of protecting civilians.”

“If we don’t stop Putin threatening to start a nuclear war, there will be no safe place in the world for any of us. We will win. Because of our unity. Unity for the love of Ukraine. Jay,” she continued.

First published:March 9, 2022, 1:57 am

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