Ukrainian President Zelensky moves closer to the frontline in defiance of Russian invasion fears
NATO has accused Russia of increasing its troop numbers near the Ukrainian border, even as Ukrainians mark the new “Day of Unity” in defiance of fears of an invasion. Despite Russian claims of a rollback on Tuesday, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday that the alliance had so far “seen no de-escalation on the ground.” On the contrary, it seems that Russia is continuing its military build-up. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared to echo that assessment in comments carried by UNIAN, saying, “So far we don’t see any withdrawals. We only heard of one. His comments came as the country marked a ‘Day of Unity’, with many schools, government buildings and shops flying the yellow and blue Ukrainian flag as a sign of solidarity, and Ukraine’s parliament beginning its session playing the national role. from the country. anthem. The holiday was created as part of an attempt by the Ukrainian authorities to turn the tide on Russia’s military buildup along the border. Zelensky, apparently aiming to demonstrate that he would not be intimidated by Russian troops, was also due to head near the frontline in the east of the country on Wednesday. Ukrainskaya Pravdaciting sources in the presidential administration, said he was to travel to Mariupol in the Donetsk region to meet with soldiers and foreign ambassadors.