“Come from your offices, homes, schools and universities, come in the name of peace – to support Ukraine,” Zelensky told the world

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks in Kyiv. File photo

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday made an impassioned plea to show his support for his embattled country on the first month of the Russian invasion which he said is breaking the hearts of “every free person on the planet”.

Zelensky called on people around the world to come together in public for global citizens to take to streets and squares in global protest against Russia’s bloody, month-old invasion.


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Zelensky – whose video messages have repeatedly caught the world’s attention – also said he would address NATO members by video calling on the alliance to provide ‘effective and unrestricted’ support to Ukraine, including all the weapons the country needs to repel the Russian onslaught.

“Come to your squares, to your streets. Make yourself visible and heard,” Zelensky said in English in a moving video address Wednesday evening that was recorded in the dark near the presidential offices in Kyiv. “Say people matter. Freedom matters. Peace matters. Ukraine matters.

A woman holds a placard with a message of support for Ukraine, following Russia's invasion of the country, during a protest in the main square of the city of Zagreb.  AFP
The world must stop the war, says Zelensky.

In a late-night televised address on the empty streets of his country’s beleaguered capital, Kyiv, a defiant but visibly tired Zelensky issued an appeal in English for global solidarity.

“The world must stop war,” he said. “Come from your offices, your homes, your schools and universities, come in the name of peace, come with Ukrainian symbols to support Ukraine, to support freedom, to support life.”

His call came a month after Russian tanks crossed the border, sparking a conflict that killed thousands of civilians and soldiers on both sides.

More than ten million Ukrainians have already fled their homes and cities under sustained Russian bombardment from land, sea and air.

When Russia launched its invasion on February 24 in the biggest European offensive since World War II, a swift overthrow of the Ukrainian government seemed likely. But as Wednesday marks four full weeks of fighting, Moscow is mired in a bitter military campaign.