The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spoken out in support of Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In a message sent via Twitter on Saturday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge backed Ukraine and its leader in the face of Russian attacks.
"We had the honor of meeting President Zelenskyy and the First Lady in October 2020 to learn about their hopes and optimism for Ukraine's future. Today, we stand with President Poroshenko and the people of Ukraine as they heroically fight for that future "reads the tweet.
The British royals' statement came only hours after Zelenskyy posted a video on social media showing himself walking around Kyiv's streets following a night of artillery fire in various sections of the city, telling the nation, "I'm here."
"We will protect our country," Zelenskyy declared in a short video address to Ukrainians, adding that there is a lot of misleading information online.
"There's a lot of false information online," Zelenskyy added, "that I call on our soldiers to lay down guns and that there's an evacuation." "I've arrived. We are not going to lay down our guns. We will stand up for our country."
He went on to say, "Glory to Ukraine."
Despite Russian forces approaching Kyiv's core, Zelenskyy turned down an invitation from the US to be evacuated from the city.
According to the Associated Press, who spoke with a senior intelligence official, Zelenskyy replied, "The struggle is here; I need ammunition, not a ride."
During the Ukrainian president's two-day official visit to the United Kingdom in 2020, William and Kate first met Zelenskyy and his wife, Olena Zelenska. On Oct. 7, 2020, photos show both couples speaking at Buckingham Palace in downtown London.
As Russian troops closed in on Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv overnight Friday, street violence erupted.
The struggle for Kyiv follows two days of violence in the country following Russian soldiers' invasion earlier this week, which resulted in hundreds of dead and widespread destruction.
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