Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday said his country has been “left alone” to defend itself, as Moscow launched a full scale military offensive that left over 137 Ukrainians dead on the first day.
“They are killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets,” said the president. “It’s foul and will never be forgiven.”
Criticising western allies, the president said: “Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee of Nato membership? Everyone is afraid.”
In a video address, he said 137 “heroes,” including 10 military officers, had been killed and 316 people wounded. Among the dead include all border guards on the Zmiinyi Island in the Odessa region taken over by the Russians.
The president said he remained in the country along with his family, despite being identified by Russia as the top target.
“The fate of the country depends fully on our army, security forces, all of our defenders,” he said, adding that Russian forces had already entered Kiev.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken has also said Kiev “could well be under siege.”
Mr Zelensky, who had earlier cut diplomatic ties with Moscow and declared martial law, appealed to global leaders, saying that “if you don’t help us now, if you fail to offer a powerful assistance to Ukraine, tomorrow the war will knock on your door.”