Volodymyr Zelensky in his daily speech warned the Russian armed forces. “Now we are different from what we were in 2014,” the Ukrainian president said on the night from Thursday to Friday about the annexation of Crimea, which then passed “without a fight.” Zelensky said that today Ukraine “is able to defend itself against a large-scale invasion for 22 days.”
As on the previous day, the Ukrainian president again turned to Russian fighters. This time he especially warned mercenaries from other countries whom he wants to protect from “the worst decision of their lives”. “A long life is better than money made for a short life,” Zelensky said.
The head of the besieged eastern European country also made a direct appeal to Germany and the Germans, whose views he says are changing. Addressing the Bundestag on Thursday, Zelensky said Germany was no longer “reachable from behind an invisible but powerful wall”. Chancellor Olaf Schultz called for a “long-term and just” peace in Europe.
Zelensky did not want to talk much about the ongoing negotiations with Moscow. “It is better to work in silence than to work on television, radio and Facebook,” the president said.