President of Ukraine on the situation in Avdiivka: Military leadership must do everything to protect our people

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Olaf Scholz. Photo:

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that in the situation around the defense of Avdiivka in Donetsk region, the military leadership must act to minimize losses and preserve the lives of Ukrainian defenders.

“As for Avdiivka, this is not the first day the situation there has been dire. We are well aware of what Russia is doing to our towns and villages. They will not stop until they have completely destroyed all life there. Our people, our military, are heroically defending strategic things, logistical routes that can lead to the enemy’s advance,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during a meeting with media representatives in Berlin following the negotiations with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The Head of State emphasized that he is constantly in contact with the military leadership and is thoroughly informed on the current situation in Avdiivka.

“I won’t tell you what new approaches they are taking. Their task is to do everything to protect our people first and foremost. And this is the main signal from me. Our military is the most important thing we have. This is our main weapon,” the President emphasized.

“First and foremost, we need to ensure that we minimize our losses. Our military is what is the most important. This is exactly the message I am sending to the leadership. And then, on the battlefield, we have professionals who know what to do,” added the Head of State.

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