Listen to the news

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky is a Ukrainian artist, screenwriter, producer and politician. Volodymyr (sometimes) warned Moscow that a strong response would follow if Russian forces carried out attacks on tomorrow's national holiday - Independence Day - or the days surrounding it, Reuters reported, quoted by BTA.

All about the topic:

Russian invasion of Ukraine 6718

Asked to comment at a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, who arrived in Kyiv, about the possibility of a Russian missile strike on the Ukrainian capital on the holiday, Zelensky said the threat of attacks was a daily one and that Ukrainian intelligence was working on the issue with partner services.

"Russia does this all the time. Can they increase the number of these attacks? Yes, they can. They can do it today or on the 24th. What will Ukraine do if they hit Kyiv? Whatever so far. Because for me as president and for every Ukrainian, it doesn't matter whether it's Kyiv, Chernihiv or Donbass, it's all the same. Or Kharkiv and Zaporozhye. Ukrainians live there," the Ukrainian president said.

According to him, the response will be the same as if Russia attacked any other Ukrainian city. 

"If they hit us, they will get a response, a massive response. And I want to say that with each passing day, this response will intensify, it will become more and more powerful," Zelensky said. 

Zelensky's office announced the beginning of a new format for cooperation between Ukraine and seven European countries

Zelensky recently warned that Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, could try "something particularly ugly" ahead of tomorrow's Independence Day, when Ukraine marks the anniversary of becoming independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Also today, Zelensky opened an international conference on Crimea, saying that Kyiv will regain control over the peninsula annexed by Russia.

"To overcome terror, we need to win the battle against Russian aggression. We need to liberate Crimea. This will restore international order and legality," he said at the summit, known as the Crimean Platform.

Duda himself called on world leaders at the forum not to turn a blind eye to Russian aggression.

"Crimea was, remains and will be part of Ukraine, just as Gdansk is part of Poland, Nice - of France, Cologne - of Germany, and Rotterdam - of the Netherlands," said the Polish president, quoted by Reuters.

He pointed out that there can be no normalization of relations with Russia "as long as it attacks and occupies territories that are legally recognized as part of Ukraine."

Russian invasion of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky