Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited a military hospital in the Kyiv region to meet with wounded soldiers while they were repelling the Russian attack. Mr. Zelensky also awarded medals of honor to troops killed in the war and named them “Heroes of Ukraine.”
The Independent reported that Hutsul Volodymyr Olesksandrovych, a senior lieutenant, was one of the men who was awarded the title and a medal.
They recalled the destruction of 25 units of Russian military equipment and the killing of about 300 invading soldiers.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has published photos of Mr. Zelensky’s visit to the hospital, where he is seen posing for selfies.
“Guys, welcome soon. I believe that the best gift for your statement will be our common victory, “Mr. Zelensky told the wounded soldiers, according to an English translation of the tweet published by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
Президент України Володимир Зеленський відвідав у госпіталі поранених захисників Уисників Україн🇺🇸
– Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) March 13, 2022
However, the exact location of the hospital has not been confirmed. Several news outlets have also released a video of the Ukrainian president arriving at the hospital.
People on social media were grateful for the gesture shown by the President of Ukraine. “This is leadership at its best,” one Twitter user commented.
Another Twitter user, a U.S. Army veteran, posted, “I’d rather have a president like him.”
The war in Ukraine has been going on for 19 days and Mr. Zelensky has gathered his people with a bunch of addresses from the capital Kyiv.
“It is impossible to say how many days we still have left (before) the land of Ukraine. But we can say that we will do it,” he said on Saturday. “We are already on our way to our goal, our victory.”
He added that at least 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in defense of the country.
Russia has stepped up its attack, targeting many Ukrainian cities over the past two weeks. The airstrikes struck Monday morning in many Ukrainian cities and regions, including Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa, Ivano-Frankivsk and Cherkasy.
In the capital, authorities said they had been accumulating food for two weeks for 2 million people who had not fled Russian forces trying to encircle the city.
Diplomatic efforts are also underway, with Ukrainian and Russian negotiators ready to speak again.