Don’t relax, have many battles ahead, says Ukraine leader as Russians retreat | Top Points
Russian troops retreated from areas around Kyiv and satellite images showed that Moscow’s troops disappeared from Antonov Airport in Hostomel, 18 kilometres away from the Ukrainian capital. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released a video statement saying the Russian withdrawal was ‘slow, but noticeable. However, Olexiy Danylov, Ukraine’s secretary of the national security and defence council, said it was too early to celebrate.
TOO EARLY TO CELEBRATE
During a TV interview, he said, ‘I would like everybody to realise that Putin doesn’t an abandon the idea to destroy Ukraine. Now he is rebuilding his forces to continue strikes. Do not enjoy that someone voluntarily leaves our cities – this is the work of our army. Behind the liberation of every city are the lost lives of our men and women. That is why saying that ‘they run’… I would not say that.”
He said the Russians are leaving as of now to rethink their strategy only to launch at attack. He said, “There is a high price for us for their retreat. They want to reformat very much. They need a victory. They have the sacred date – 9 May. To this date they have a goal to end everything with a victory parade. We have many battles ahead of us, so I don’t recommend anyone to relax. The situation is not that joyful, as we all would want.’
ZELENSKYY WARNS OF COMPLETE DISASTER
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned his people early Saturday that retreating Russian forces were creating ‘a complete disaster’ outside the capital as they leave mines across ‘the whole territory,’ even around homes and corpses.
‘After them a complete disaster and many dangers are left, it’s true. Anyone who returns to this area must be very careful. It is still impossible to return to normal life as it was… Wait for our land to be cleared, wait until you can be assured that new shelling is impossible,’ he said.
He issued the warning as the humanitarian crisis in the encircled city of Mariupol deepened, with Russian forces blocking evacuation operations for the second day in a row, and the Kremlin accused the Ukrainians of launching a helicopter attack on a fuel depot on Russian soil.
He said Russian forces were massing in Donbas, towards Kharkiv and were ‘preparing for even more powerful blows’.
US SUPPORT TO UKRAINE
The United States has announced that it would provide additional assistance of $300 million to help Ukraine bolster its defence capabilities. The package includes laser-guided rocket systems, drones, ammunition, night-vision devices, tactical secure communications systems, medical supplies and spare parts.
“This decision underscores the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in support of its heroic efforts to repel Russia’s war of choice,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
UKRAINE DENIES ATTACK ON RUSSIAN FUEL DEPOT
The secretary of Ukraine’s national security council has denied the country was responsible for a reported attack on a Russian fuel depot. Moscow had earlier placed the blame on Ukraine. There was no independent confirmation of details about the incident.
‘For some reason they say that we did it, but in fact this does not correspond with reality,’ Oleksiy Danilov said on Ukrainian television on Friday. Regional Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov said earlier that two Ukrainian helicopter gunships had flown at low altitude and struck the facility in the city of Belgorod north of the border.
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