Zelensky: ‘Victory will be ours’ as the country marks 100 days of war
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video posted on his Instagram on Friday vowed that “victory will be ours” as the country marked 100 days since the start of Russia’s invasion.
“The leader of the faction is here, the head of the presidential office is here, prime minister of Ukraine [Denys] Shmyhal is here, [adviser to the head of the office of the president of Ukraine Mykhailo] Podolyak is here, and your president is here,” Zelensky said in a selfie-styled video that included his officials, according to a translation of his remarks from AFP News Agency.
“Our team is much bigger. The armed forces of Ukraine are here. And most importantly, the people, the people of our state are here, defending Ukraine for 100 days already. Victory will be ours. Glory to Ukraine,” he added.
Zelensky’s video was similar in style and nature to one he made on Feb. 25, coming on the heels of the launch of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We are all here, our soldiers are here, the citizens of the country are here. We are all here protecting our independence, our country, and we are going to continue to do so,” he said, according to The New York Times.
Russia has been engaged in an international conflict in Ukraine since February, seeking to seize the capital of Kyiv. Those efforts have been unsuccessful, with Russia setting its sights on eastern and southern Ukraine instead.
The invasion has sparked a humanitarian crisis, prompting millions of Ukrainians to flee their homes.
“Exactly one hundred days ago we all woke up in a different reality. Exactly one hundred days ago, different us woke up. When Ukrainians are awakened not by the sun’s rays, but by the explosions of missiles that hit our homes, then completely different Ukrainians wake up,” Zelensky said in an address on Friday.