The Ukrainian people have rejected Russia, but the latter fails to understand this, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said in his latest video address.
He noted that the Russian military continues to terrorize civilians in the occupied areas of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts in southern Ukraine.
"Everyone who has ever been associated with the Ukrainian army or government agencies is being hunted down,” Zelensky said.
“The occupiers think that this will somehow make it easier for them to control the territory. But they are very wrong. They are deluded. The problem of the occupiers is not that they are not accepted by some activists, veterans, or journalists. Russia's problem is that the entire Ukrainian people do not accept it - and will never accept it again. Russia has lost Ukraine forever. And what’s more – they have lost the whole world. It will not be accepted anywhere else."
Zelesnky added that the brutality with which Russian troops are trying to conquer Ukrainian territories "only deprives them of even the slightest chance of these territories and these people – for the foreseeable future – having any ties with this state."
"Perhaps, somewhere in Russia cruelty is respected. But in Ukraine, cruelty is despised. And punished. Always," Zelensky said.
April 16 marks the 52nd day of Ukraine's defense against the full-scale invasion launched by Russia.