Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to the Danes in connection with two events in Copenhagen and Aarhus, where Denmark commemorated liberation from World War II.
Zelensky drew parallels between the war in Ukraine and World War II and asked Danes to remember the Nazi occupation and how they gained freedom when the Nazis lost the war.
At that time, the world celebrated and had hope that there would be no more evil war. But the president said the war is now re-emerging with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and this war is as evil as the one that Denmark remembers every May.
He thanked the Danes, and asked them to send an idea to the children who lost their lives in Ukraine.
– When you light your candles tonight, I ask you to remember the children of Ukraine. He added that the occupiers have already killed 220 children, and we do not know what the situation is in the occupied territories.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian media reported that Russian forces entered the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, where Ukrainian forces are holed up.
Heavy fighting was taking place in the steel mills, the last area held by Ukrainian forces in the port city of southern Ukraine.
A senior Ukrainian officer at the Mariupol Steel Plant said tough and bloody battles were taking place there. It’s Reuters reports.
I am proud of my soldier who makes extraordinary efforts to withstand the pressure of the enemy, Denis Prokopenko said in a short video message on the Telegram messaging service.
He has the rank of lieutenant colonel in the National Guard and commands the Azov Regiment.
Prokopenko describes the situation as “extremely difficult.”
The Azov Battalion, originally a right-wing radical militia, was integrated into the Ukrainian government forces in 2014. The battalion was central to the defense of Mariupol.
The officer says the Russians stormed the area on Tuesday. It was reported, on Tuesday, that Russian forces stormed the steel plant.
Ukraine claims hold
The mayor of Mariupol said earlier on Wednesday that it was no longer possible to contact the Ukrainian forces in Azovstal, and that it was impossible to know what was happening and how they were doing.
“Yes, unfortunately, there are tough battles in Azovstal today,” Vadim Boychenko told Ukrainian television.
According to Boychenko, there are still about 30 children waiting to be evacuated in the underground passages.
A Ukrainian official later said they called the soldiers again. I mentioned, among other things Sky News.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the Ukrainians are still steadfast against the Russian forces, according to CNN.
Russia claims to enforce a ceasefire
Russia says it will impose a ceasefire to allow civilians to leave the Azovstal steel plants in Mariupol on Thursday.
On Wednesday evening, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Russian Armed Forces will open a humanitarian corridor from the region to the Azovstal steel plants from 8 am to 6 pm (Moscow time) to evacuate civilians.
Ukraine has not yet commented on Russia’s comments about a possible evacuation, but Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is asking the United Nations to help rescue more than 200 civilians still trapped in the Azovstal steel plants in Mariupol.
– People’s lives are still in danger. We are asking for your help in saving them, Zelensky said when he spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres by phone on Wednesday evening.
Over 300 civilians fled from Mariupol
Zelensky also thanked Guterres for the successful evacuation of nearly 100 civilians from steel plants earlier this week. This was done under the auspices of the United Nations and the Red Cross.
More than 300 civilians arrived in Zaporizhia on Wednesday, May 4, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“We are relieved that more lives have been saved,” said Pascal Hundt, head of the ICRC delegation in Ukraine.
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