Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has hand-checked a Russian film when he condemned the actions of Vladimir Putin’s troops when he issued a warning that they were being sent to invade other countries.
In a video address based on images of Easter, the Orthodox version of which will be celebrated this weekend, Selensky began by saying “we believe in the victory of life over death” and “we hope in a resurrection.”
He was referring to statements by the acting commander of Russia’s Central Military District that Moscow plans to take control of southern Ukraine and reach the border with Moldova.
Rustam Minnekayev said on Friday that control of southern Ukraine was “another exit to Transnistria,” Moscow’s breakaway region allied with it, which is not internationally recognized and is considered part of Moldova.
It was the first hint from a senior official of the Russian military’s intentions to seize territory ahead of an expected “Battle for Donbass” in eastern Ukraine.
Zelenskyy said: “This only confirms what I have said many times – the Russian invasion of Ukraine was only intended as a start, then they want to conquer other countries.”
“There, in Moldova, the rights of Russian speakers are allegedly being violated,” Zelenskyy said, referring to Minnekayev’s comments, which coincide with a reason Putin gave for his invasion of Ukraine.
“The territory where Russia should concern itself with the rights of Russian speakers is Russia itself,” said Zelenskyy, according to a transcript on his presidential website, “where freedom of speech does not exist” and “where poverty thrives and… . Human life is worthless.”
The Ukrainian president said Russian troops “stole something resembling normal life” from Ukrainians.
He also pointed to a more literal definition of theft, as Russian soldiers are accused of looting properties and stealing household items like washing machines and toilets.
“You know they used to talk about their biggest dream, to see Paris and die,” said Zelenskyy, referring to the title of a 1992 Russian film set in Soviet times, “their behavior now is just shocking because her dream now is steal the toilet and die.”
He said Ukrainian forces would deter Russian attacks in the east and south of the country “where the fate of this war and the future of our state will be decided.”
On a day when Britain offered to send tanks to Poland so that Warsaw could give Ukraine its Soviet-era tanks, Zelenskyy said he was “grateful to our British friends” after Britain announced it would be returning a diplomatic mission to Kyiv .
“It shows that we are not the only ones who believe in the victory of life over death.”
news week has reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.
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