Zelensky says that Russian petty thieves are in Kyiv and he is a prime target for Moscow.

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Russian saboteurs had entered the capital Kyiv and that he was the “number one target” of Russian forces, followed by his family.

In a short video address given after midnight on Friday in Ukraine, Mr. Zelensky, unshaven and wearing a T-shirt, said that 137 Ukrainians, military and civilian, had been killed in the Russian invasion that began on Thursday morning. .

“There is also information about enemy sabotage groups infiltrating Kyiv,” he said. “This is why I ask the citizens of Kyiv to be vigilant and abide by the rules of martial law.”

Speaking in Ukrainian rather than his native Russian, he refuted Russia’s claim that it only attacked military targets. “They are killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets,” he said.

“According to available intelligence, the enemy who hit me is the number one target and my family is the second target,” he said. “They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state.”

Zelensky warned Ukrainians not to expect help from abroad. “We are left to our own devices to protect our state,” he said. “Who is ready to fight with us? Honestly, I don’t see it that way.”

Mr. Zelensky said that among the many false rumors that were circulating, there was one that he had fled the country. “I am in the capital,” he said, adding that his family is also in Ukraine but he could not disclose their location.

In Washington, the Biden administration said it was aware of Mr. Zelensky’s whereabouts. According to Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, the administration is “in contact with him.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs Contribution report from Washington.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/world/europe/zelensky-says-russian-saboteurs-are-in-kyiv-and-he-is-moscows-prime-target.html Zelensky says that Russian petty thieves are in Kyiv and he is a prime target for Moscow.

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