Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the people of his country to hold out as Russian violence against civilians escalates.
In a video message, he urged Ukrainians to do everything they could to protect the country.
The president called the Russian soldiers “tourists with tanks” and “slaves of propaganda, which has changed their consciousness”. He said the “slaves” sent by Moscow have never seen so many free people in the streets and squares.
“They have never seen thousands of people who are not afraid of them,” Zelensky continued, referring to a protest rally of civilians in occupied Kherson.