On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a “surprise” visit to the fighting fronts in the city of Bakhmut, in the southern Donetsk region.
The press secretary of the Ukrainian President Serhiy Nikiforov said, on his Facebook page, that Zelensky made an “unannounced” visit to Donetsk Province, where he met with the army forces defending the city of Bakhmut,” according to the local “Ukrinform” agency.
He added, “The president visited the front positions of one of the brigades that are repelling enemy forces from approaching the city, and listened to a report on the operational situation, logistical support, and proposals for further action.”
Zelinsky thanked the soldiers for their “courage and strength, which they showed while repelling enemy attacks,” as he put it.
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In a post on Telegram, the Ukrainian president stressed that he is proud, “like the whole of Ukraine, of the defenders of Bakhmut, who prove with their courage that Ukrainians will never surrender.”
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, which was followed by angry international reactions and the imposition of “tough” economic and financial sanctions on Moscow.