President Zelenskyy: We managed to build confidence on Vovchansk front

May 17,2024 227
President Zelenskyy: We managed to build confidence on Vovchansk front

“Today’s meeting also included reports on the occupier’s further intentions – we are preparing for all scenarios,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a traditional address to the Ukrainian nation on May 16.

Dear Ukrainians!

Today, in the first half of the day, I was in the Kharkiv region. First of all, to address defense issues and protection of people.

I held a meeting of the Staff in Kharkiv, involving the Commander-in-Chief, commanders of directions, heads of the security sector – the Defense Intelligence, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Security Service, the State Border Guard Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the heads of the Kharkiv region. Thus, all aspects of the situation were considered. We discussed in detail the combat operations in the Kharkiv region, the protection of people, our positions, and the needs of the units that defend our positions. Now, thanks to our Forces, our measures, we have managed to build confidence in the direction of Vovchansk. However, Russian shelling and threats persist. Today, in particular, the head of the Vovchansk administration was wounded. Our counterattacks are ongoing, including in other parts of the Kharkiv border area. And there should be more results in repelling the assaults, in destroying the occupier. Russia is trying to expand the war, invariably accompanying it with empty words about peace. We must force Russia into a real, just peace by all means. In this context, our defense against assaults and attacks is crucial.

Full text of the address: Office of the President of Ukraine

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