Zelensky is seen in his office for the first time since the invasion

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Zelensky is seen in his office for the first time since the invasion

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke from his office in Kyiv on Monday night, the first time he was seen there since the start of the Russian offensive on February 24.

In a brief video posted to his Facebook page, Mr Zelensky said he was not hiding, and that he was not afraid of anyone.

“We used to say: Monday is a tough day,” he said. “There’s a war in the country so every day is Monday, and now we’re used to the fact that it happens every day and every night.”

In the video, Mr. Zelensky provided updates on the Russian attacks, and also said he had signed a decree on Monday conferring state awards to 96 “Ukrainian heroes”.

Mr Zelensky also criticized Russian troops for attacks on some sites on Monday, accusing them of firing on a bread factory in Makariv, about an hour west of Kyiv.

“Think about it – to set fire to the bread factory. Who are you supposed to be doing that?” Mr. Zelensky said.

The president also denounced Russian troops for defying an agreement on a humanitarian corridor after preventing the evacuation of besieged cities.

“Work done?” Mr. Zelensky said of the corridor. “Russian tanks acted instead.”

in one Update On Monday night, Britain’s Defense Ministry said Russian troops continued to target evacuation corridors directly, resulting in several casualties of civilians trying to flee from Irpin just outside Kyiv. It said the city was without heat, water or electricity for several days due to fighting in the area.

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Mr. Zelensky’s nightly video addresses, uniting Ukrainian resistance and world opinion, have become a ritual since the Russian invasion on 24 February. Russian offensives against several major cities are faced with logistical problems and unexpectedly fierce defenses.

In his Monday night message, Mr Zelensky said a national movement had begun in the southern part of the country, creating “a nightmare” for Russia.

“We are not afraid of tanks and machine guns,” he said.

Mr Zelensky said every day of resistance puts Ukraine in a “strong position” to guarantee the country’s future, adding that Ukraine would rebuild everything shelled and bombed by Russian forces.

“There will be no trace of the enemy,” he said. “We will destroy our cities by invaders better than any city in Russia.”

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