In what appears to be a comment directed toward Democrat President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky slammed the West’s lack of assistance while Russia invaded sovereign Ukrainian territory.
Zelensky said, “This morning we are defending our state alone. Like yesterday, the world’s most powerful forces are watching from afar. Did yesterday’s sanctions convince Russia? We hear in our sky and see on our earth that this was not enough.”
During a Thursday press conference, Former Vice President Joe Biden said, “no one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening.”
Zelensky went on to note how NATO countries are responding to Ukraines appeal for aid, “Today, I have asked 27 European leaders whether Ukraine will be in NATO. I have asked directly – everyone is afraid, no one answers.”
“But we are not afraid. We are not afraid of anything. We are not afraid to defend our country, we are not afraid of Russia, we are not afraid to talk to Russia, we are not afraid to talk about anything, about security guarantees for our country, we are not afraid of talking about neutrality, we are not NATO members at the moment. But what guarantees will we get? And most importantly which countries will give us those guarantees?”
Also on Thursday, Zelensky announced he would arm any Ukrainian who wanted to defend the country from Russian aggression. He said in a statement, “We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities. We will lift sanctions on all citizens of Ukraine who are ready to defend our country as part of territorial defense with weapons in hands.”
At the time of this reporting, Russian forces have pushed their way into Ukraine and appear to be mere miles away from Kyiv, the capitol city of Ukraine.