Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that he remains in the capital of Kyiv (Kiev) in a video showing the leader in the streets of the embattled city on Saturday morning after shutting down a plea from Biden’s government to flee.
Addressing the apparent rumours of an evacuation from Kyiv amid the Russian invasion, Zelensky posted a video on his official Twitter feed to claim it was fake news and he is still on the ground.
“I’m here in the ground, we will not lay down our arms. We will defend our state because our weapon is our truth. Our truth is that this is our land, our country, and our children. And we will defend all this,” he said.
The video came just hours after U.S. President Joe Biden called on Zelensky to evacuate the city. The Ukrainian president replied by saying: “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”
Meanwhile, Russia has claimed that Zelensky has fled the capital for Lvov (Lviv) in Western Ukraine, claiming that the videos released by the Ukrainian president were recorded before his departure from Kyiv.
According to Russian state media outlet Sputnik, the Speaker of the State Duma — the lower house of Russia’s parliament — Vyacheslav Volodin, said on Saturday morning: “Zelensky hastily left Kyiv. He was not in the capital of Ukraine yesterday. Together with his entourage, he fled to the city of Lvov, where he and his assistants were equipped with a place to live.”