Ukraine leader says thousands could be killed as he vows to repel Russia invasion

Ukraine’s president has warned that ten of thousands could be killed as he vowed to repel any Russian invasion.

In speech delivered in the early hours of Thursday morning, Volodymyr Zelensky instead that the people of Ukraine wanted peace.

Yet he said if Russia were to push ahead with an invasion, his country and his people would defend themselves.

“The Ukrainian people want peace,” said Mr Zelensky, speaking in Kiev.

“The government in Ukraine wants peace and is doing everything it can to build it.”

He added: “But if we are attacked, if someone attempts to take away our land, our freedom, our lives, the lives of our children, we will defend ourselves.”

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