President Zelensky visits wounded soldiers in the hospital and presents medals for bravery to boost morale

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited wounded soldiers at a local hospital on Sunday to boost their morale and award them with medals for bravery.

“Guys, get well soon. I believe that our common victory will be the best gift for your performance!” Velensky announced this in the translation into English of a tweet published by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Awarded the title “Heroes of Ukraine” to 106 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 17 of which were awarded posthumously.

Among them was Senior Lieutenant Gutsul Vladimir Alexandrovich, he received the title for actions in the Kherson region, destroying 25 pieces of enemy equipment and “about 300 invaders.”

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky visited a wounded Ukrainian soldier in the hospital

He Poses For A Photograph With A Wounded Soldier As The Russian Assault On Ukraine Continues.

He Poses For A Photograph With A Wounded Soldier As The Russian Assault On Ukraine Continues.

He poses for a photograph with a wounded soldier as the Russian assault on Ukraine continues.

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Before visiting a military hospital, Zelensky warned against the formation of a “pseudo-republic” in the south of his country

Russian Troops Surround Kyiv As Analysts Warn That The Worst Days Of War In Ukraine Could Be Ahead

Russian Troops Surround Kyiv As Analysts Warn That The Worst Days Of War In Ukraine Could Be Ahead

Russian troops surround Kyiv as analysts warn that the worst days of war in Ukraine could be ahead

President Of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (Left) Listens To The Head Of The Main Directorate Of Medical Troops Brigadier General Tatyana Ostashchenko (Center)

President Of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (Left) Listens To The Head Of The Main Directorate Of Medical Troops Brigadier General Tatyana Ostashchenko (Center)

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (left) listens to the head of the Main Directorate of Medical Troops Brigadier General Tatyana Ostashchenko (center)

In his Sunday speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned against the formation of a “pseudo-republic” in his country’s south.

Zelenskiy said the Russians used blackmail and bribery to try to force local officials to form a breakaway region in the south, much like the areas in Donetsk and Luhansk that Putin declared “independent” at the start of the war.

The defense of two eastern regions where pro-Russian separatists began fighting Ukrainian forces in 2014 was used by Russia as a pretext to launch an invasion.

Kherson, a vital Black Sea port of 290,000, was the first major city to fall earlier this month.

“Ukraine will pass this test. We need time and strength to break the war machine that has come to our land,” Zelensky said in his address.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Addressed The Nation On March 12 After Russian Airstrikes On A Military Base Near Lviv In Western Ukraine Killed 35 People.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Addressed The Nation On March 12 After Russian Airstrikes On A Military Base Near Lviv In Western Ukraine Killed 35 People.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the nation on March 12 after Russian airstrikes on a military base near Lviv in western Ukraine killed 35 people.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Heard The Head Of The National Military Medical Clinical Center, Major General Anatoly Kazmircha

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Heard The Head Of The National Military Medical Clinical Center, Major General Anatoly Kazmircha

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy heard the head of the National Military Medical Clinical Center, Major General Anatoly Kazmircha

Ukrainian officials on Sunday also accused Russia of organizing a “fake referendum” in the country’s south, which is now partly controlled by Russian forces.

“Following the scenario of 2014, the Russians are now desperately trying to organize a bogus “referendum” for a fake “people’s republic” in Kherson,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.

“Given zero popular support, it will be completely staged. If they continue, tough sanctions against Russia should follow. Kherson is and will always be Ukraine.”

On Saturday, Russia shelled cities across Ukraine, shelling Mariupol in the south, shelling the outskirts of the capital Kyiv and thwarting the efforts of people trying to flee the violence.

Moscow expanded its offensive closer to Ukraine’s western border with Poland early Sunday morning.

The Russian military fired eight rockets at the Yarovovsky test site, 19 miles northwest of Lviv, the Lviv regional administration said, without giving details of possible casualties.

The training ground, also known as the Yaroviv International Peace and Security Center, hosted NATO exercises and is located just 35 kilometers from Ukraine’s border with Poland.

In This Handout Video Taken From Footage Released By The President Of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Speaks To A Camera On A March 11 Street In Kyiv.

In This Handout Video Taken From Footage Released By The President Of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Speaks To A Camera On A March 11 Street In Kyiv.

In this handout video taken from footage released by the President of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to a camera on a March 11 street in Kyiv.

Ukrainian Army Troops Dig In In Forward Trench Positions To Continue Repelling Russian Attacks In Sub-Zero Temperatures East Of The Strategic Port City Of Mykolaiv.

Ukrainian Army Troops Dig In In Forward Trench Positions To Continue Repelling Russian Attacks In Sub-Zero Temperatures East Of The Strategic Port City Of Mykolaiv.

Ukrainian army troops dig in in forward trench positions to continue repelling Russian attacks in sub-zero temperatures east of the strategic port city of Mykolaiv.

The Footage Released By The Russian Defense Ministry On Saturday, March 5, Shows How Russian Soldiers Took Control Of A Military Base Near The Village Of Radensk, Kherson Region.

The Footage Released By The Russian Defense Ministry On Saturday, March 5, Shows How Russian Soldiers Took Control Of A Military Base Near The Village Of Radensk, Kherson Region.

The footage released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday, March 5, shows how Russian soldiers took control of a military base near the village of Radensk, Kherson region.

In Mariupol, which has endured one of the worst punishments since the Russian invasion, efforts to bring food, water and medical supplies to the port city of 430,000 and evacuate civilians have been thwarted by relentless attacks.

More than 1,500 people died in the city during the siege, according to the mayor’s office, and shelling even interrupted efforts to bury the dead in mass graves.

‘They’re bombing [Mariupol] We launch rockets 24 hours a day. This is hate. They are killing children,” Zelensky said during a video message.

Later on Saturday, he reported that 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers had died in combat since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.

Meanwhile, French and German leaders spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday as part of a failed attempt to secure a ceasefire.

According to the Kremlin, Putin laid out terms for ending the war, including the demilitarization of Ukraine and the cession of territory, among other demands.

The Ukrainian military said on Saturday that Russian troops had seized the eastern outskirts of Mariupol, stepping up armed pressure on the strategic port.

Taking Mariupol and other ports on the Sea of ​​Azov could allow Russia to establish a land corridor to Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

Zelensky urged his men to continue resisting, which many analysts say prevented the swift advance and military victory that the Kremlin was likely counting on when it planned to invade Russia’s former Soviet neighbor.

“The fact that the entire Ukrainian people resist these invaders has already gone down in history, but we have no right to weaken our defense, no matter how hard it is for us,” he said.

Zelensky again deplored NATO’s refusal to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine and said Ukraine was seeking ways to procure air defenses, though he did not elaborate.

The president also accused Russia of using a “new stage of terror” with the alleged kidnapping of the mayor of Melitopol, a city 190 miles west of Mariupol.

After residents of the occupied city demonstrated on Saturday to free the mayor, the Ukrainian leader urged Russian forces to heed the calls.

“Please hear in Moscow!” Zelensky said. “Another protest against Russian troops, against attempts to bring the city to its knees.”

In many areas of the capital, shelling forced residents to run for cover as air raid sirens wailed.

A Picture Shows Damage After Russian Troops Shelled Constitution Square In Kharkiv, Ukraine'S Second Largest City, On March 2.

A Picture Shows Damage After Russian Troops Shelled Constitution Square In Kharkiv, Ukraine'S Second Largest City, On March 2.

A picture shows damage after Russian troops shelled Constitution Square in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, on March 2.

Russia Took Control Of Southern Port City As Street Fighting Raged

Russia Took Control Of Southern Port City As Street Fighting Raged

Russia took control of southern port city as street fighting raged

The British Ministry of Defense said Russian ground forces, concentrated north of Kyiv for most of the war, had moved within 15 miles of the city center and dispersed, likely to support an encirclement attempt.

As artillery shelled the northwestern outskirts of Kyiv, plumes of black-and-white smoke billowed southwest of the capital after hitting an ammunition depot in Vasylkiv, triggering hundreds of small explosions.

It is believed that thousands of soldiers from both sides were killed along with many civilians.

At least 2.5 million people have fled the country, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office said on Saturday that at least 79 children were killed and about 100 injured.

Most of the victims were in the Kiev, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Sumy, Kherson and Zhytomyr regions, the ministry said, noting that the numbers are not final, as active hostilities continue.