Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has travelled to the vicinity of the contested city of Bakhmut and paid tribute to Ukrainian soldiers fighting there.
Zelenskiy visits troops near Ukraine frontline city
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has visited Ukrainian troops near the frontline city of Bakhmut and handed out medals to soldiers he said are heroically defending their country’s sovereignty.
Ukrainian forces have held out for about eight months in Bakhmut despite taking heavy casualties in one of the bloodiest battles since Russia’s full-scale invasion 13 months ago.
Video footage posted on social media showed Zelenskiy, dressed in a dark sweatshirt and military khaki trousers, handing out awards to exhausted-looking soldiers in combat gear in what appeared to be a large warehouse.
“I am honoured to be here today to give awards to our heroes. To shake hands and thank them for protecting the sovereignty of our country,” Zelenskiy wrote on the Telegram messaging app under the video footage.