Ukraine president Zelensky vows to stay in country as he orders general mobilisation

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to remain in Kyiv as missiles pounded the capital and Russian forces entered the city on Friday.

He also signed a decree on the general mobilisation of the population on Thursday, a day after the country started conscripting reservists aged 18-60 following a presidential decree.

While Mr Zelensky ruled out a general mobilisation earlier on Tuesday, the country’s defence ministry tweeted a statement on Friday, reversing the stance.

“Today Ukraine needs everything,” the ministry quoted Yuri Galushkin, the Commander of the Troop Forces, as saying in the statement.

Informing about the relaxed procedure of mobilisation, it said “carry only your passport and identification code. There are no age restrictions.”

Ukraine has also prohibited men between the age of 18 and 60 from leaving the country. Ukraine’s border guard said the restriction will last for the duration of martial law, which the president imposed shortly after Russia launched a full-scale attack.

“We have been left alone to defend our state,” Mr Zelenskyy said in a video address to the nation after midnight. “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,” he added.

“(The) enemy has marked me down as the number one target,”  he said. “My family is the number two target. They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state.”

“I will stay…

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