President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday has released a video stating that he has not fled the nation, contrary to Russian news reports.
In one of the videos posted on Instagram, Zelenskyy showed his Kyiv office and said, “I am in Kyiv. I am working here. No one has escaped anywhere.”
The video message came after Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin on Friday claimed that President Zelenskyy had escaped Ukraine and was in Poland. “Zelenskyy left Ukraine. Deputies of the Verkhonva Rada said that they could not get him in Lvov. He is now in Poland,” Russian news agency Sputnik quoted Volodin as saying.
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Zelenskyy has been extremely vocal on the Ukrainian sovereignty amid the Russian offensive, continuously meeting with the world via videos and tweets.
On Friday, he has criticised NATO for refusing to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, stating it will fully untie Russia’s hands as it escalates its attack from the air. NATO declined to impose a no-fly zone, warning that to do so could provoke widespread war in Europe with nuclear-armed Russia.