After the Russian missile attack on Ukrainian cities on New Year’s Eve, head of state Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Russian people directly. Ukraine will “never forgive Russia”.

After the recent Russian rocket attack on Ukrainian cities with new destruction, Head of State Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Russian people directly in his video message. “A terrorist state will not be forgiven,” he said in his somewhat premature daily video appearance on Saturday afternoon. “And those who order such attacks and those who carry them out will not be forgiven, to say the least.”

In Russian, Zelenskyy declared that Russia was not at war with NATO “as your propagandists lie.” The war is also not for something historical. “It (the war) is for a person who stays in power until the end of his life,” he said, referring directly to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. “And what’s left of all of you, citizens of Russia, is none of his business.”

Putin wants to show that he has the military behind him and is ahead. “But he’s just hiding,” Zelenskyy said. “He hides behind the military, behind rockets, behind the walls of his residences and palaces, he hides behind you and burns your country and your future.” No one will ever forgive Russia for terror, Zelensky said. “Nobody in the world will forgive you for that. Ukraine will never forgive you.”

Russia’s army invaded Ukraine on February 24 under the pretext of wanting to “denazify and demilitarize” the neighboring country. Tens of thousands of people have died in the war so far. In Russia the invasion is officially called “military special operation”, the public use of the term “war” is even punishable under criminal law.

According to the authorities, the most recent Russian rocket attacks on Ukraine shortly before the New Year left dead and injured. Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced in Kyiv on Saturday that an elderly man was killed in the capital and 16 people were injured. One dead person was also reported from the Zaporizhia region. According to Commander-in-Chief Valery Zalushny, there were a total of 20 rocket attacks in the country, 12 of which were intercepted, 6 of them in Kyiv alone.