Amid deadly Russian attacks on Ukraine, and thousands of people escaping the war zone, Olena Zelenska, the First Lady, penned an emotional letter addressing the devastation and despair caused by the war.
In her letter, she warned if Putin is not stopped, nobody will be safe. "If we don't stop Putin, who threatens to start a nuclear war, there will be no safe place in the world for any of us," she wrote.
Adding that Kremlin's 'special operation' was 'the mass murder of Ukrainian civilians, she wrote, "On February 24th, we all woke up to the announcement of a Russian invasion. Tanks crossed the Ukrainian border, planes entered our airspace, missile launchers surrounded our cities.”
Zelenska refuted Russia’s claims of not targeting civilians and also called out the name of children who died in the war. She called it 'the most terrifying and devastating of this invasion'.
She wrote, “Eight-year-old Alice who died on the streets of Okhtyrka while her grandfather tried to protect her. Or Polina from Kyiv, who died in the shelling with her parents. 14-year-old Arseniy was hit in the head by wreckage, and could not be saved because an ambulance could not get to him on time because of intense fires.”
The Ukrainian First Lady further urged ‘those in power' to close the sky. "Close the sky, and we will manage the war on the ground ourselves," she said.
She further added, "In cities where shelling persists, where people find themselves under debris, unable to get out of basements for days, we need safe corridors for humanitarian aid and evacuation of civilians to safety. We need those in power to close our sky.”
Zelenska also appealed to the media to keep showing the truth. "I appeal to you, dear media: keep showing what is happening here and keep showing the truth. In the information war waged by the Russian Federation, every piece of evidence is crucial,” she said.