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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visits the war-torn city of Mykolaiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky traveled to the war-torn southern city of Mykolaiv on Saturday to meet with forces resisting the Russian military. It was Zelensky’s first time visiting the city and in a small ceremony he presented medals to the soldiers who are currently sheltering in an underground shelter. The president also posed for a number of selfies with the soldiers, according to a video posted on Telegram. The city has faced Russian attacks since March, but Ukrainian forces have so far been able to limit them to the outer limits of the southern city.

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“Our brave men. Every one of them is working hard,” he said in the video posted to his official Telegram account. “We will definitely hold on! We will definitely win! »

Zelensky also awarded medals to Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych and Governor Vitaliy Kim for their work over the past four months after visiting a hospital housing local patients in Mykolaiv.

“Because you are heroic people, you saved everyone’s life, both military and civilian. I want to wish you and your family and friends good health,” Zelensky told the hospital.

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The visit came just a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin once again justified the ongoing invasion of Ukraine and accused Western countries of blaming their problems on Russia.

Mykolaiv is an important city for Ukrainian forces as it is strategically placed between Mariupol and Odessa. There were several missile strikes on the city and in March 37 people were killed when a missile completely destroyed a building, according to a Reuters report.

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