Red card or red button?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy used his late night address on Sunday to reflect on the World Cup that just ended, and he said competitions should be held on playing fields – not battlefields.

“This is the meaning of football: everyone has a chance to win, everyone can show that they are the strongest. But the competition is on the pitch, not on the battlefield. And the worst that can happen is a red one Map.” no red button,” said Zelenskyj.

FIFA reportedly blocked his speech ahead of Sunday’s league match between Argentina and France, but he said: “The world has still heard our call.”

“When people are united by football, people are united by peace. Therefore, for today I have prepared a special address from Ukraine to the whole world. To all who value peace and life,” said Zelenskyy.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during a news conference following the International Food Security Summit in Kyiv November 26, 2022 amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Zelenskyi said Sunday the battles of nations should be fought on sports grounds, not battlefields.
Photo by GENYA SAVILOV/AFP via Getty Images

Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine will enter its 10th month this week. Russia has lost more than 98,000 soldiers since the war began, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.

The Russo-Ukrainian War enters its 298th day. The one year anniversary will be on February 24th, so in two months next Saturday.

Winter officially started in Ukraine on December 1st and the weather for the next 90 to 120 days could be extremely harsh for both Ukraine and Russia. Zelenskyy called on his nation to help all fellow citizens whenever they can, not just when asked for help.

“To get through this winter, we need to help each other more than ever and take care of each other even more,” Zelenskyy said in a recent address to his country. “And please don’t ask if you can help and how. Just help when you see you can.

“In order to get through the winter, we have to be more resilient and more united than ever. There must be no internal conflicts and arguments that can weaken us all, even if someone out there thinks that it will somehow strengthen them personally. We need more interaction than ever before. All Ukraine must become a great point of invincibility and work every day, work every night. The state, the economy, the people – all of us, Ukrainians, all together.”

Zelenskyy said on Sunday that 9 million people in Ukraine had recently had their electricity restored.

“I thank everyone who carries out this repair work in any weather and around the clock,” Zelenskyj said. “Thank you to each of our partners who help us with gear! I also thank Ukrainian companies – everyone who turns their shops, cafes and businesses into new points of invincibility.”

Russia rallied troops along Ukraine’s northern and western borders in late January, while also conducting military operations with neighboring Belarus. Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24 this year and there were heavy casualties on both sides. Red card or red button?

Rick Schindler

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