Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited wounded Ukrainian soldiers in a hospital Sunday.
"President Volodymyr Zelenskyy paid a visit to the wounded defenders of Ukraine undergoing treatment at a military hospital," Zelensky's office said in a statement.
Zelensky awarded the “defenders of Ukraine” with medals for their courage and wished them a speedy recovery. President Zelensky’s visit came on the 18th day of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. He chatted to the injured troops, posed for selfies with them when he awarded them and hospital workers with medals.
He told them, “Guys, get well soon. I believe that the best gift for your statement will be our common victory! ” as per an English translation of a tweet posted by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.
Some of the soldiers in the video were said to have been wounded in Hostomel and Irpin, the two cities where fierce fighting against Russian troops took place.
Zelensky accused Russia of trying to break his country apart, as well as starting “a new stage of terror” with the alleged detention of a mayor from a city west of Mariupol.
“Ukraine will stand this test. We need time and strength to break the war machine that has come to our land,” Zelensky said.