Ukraine president says his country ‘has been left to fight alone’ 

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday said his country has been “left alone” to defend itself, as Moscow launched a full-scale military offensive that leftover 137 Ukrainians dead on the first day.

“They are killing people and turning peaceful cities into military targets,” said the president. “It’s foul and will never be forgiven.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to the people of Ukraine in a speech early Friday, saying: “You are brilliantly defending the country from one of the most powerful countries in the world.”

“Today Russia attacked the entire territory of our state. And today our defenders have done a lot. They defended almost the entire territory of Ukraine, which suffered direct blows.”

“But there is another — we are left alone in defense of our state. Who is ready to fight with us? Honestly — I do not see such. Who is ready to guarantee Ukraine’s accession to NATO? Honestly, everyone is afraid.”

Russia’s attack on Ukraine was criticized by NATO and countries including the US, UK, and other Western nations. Many have reacted by sanctions against Russia and sending weapons to Russia.

But Zelensky appeared to be critical that none of those power had sent troops to Ukraine.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, though it has expressed interest in joining.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday the bloc had no plans to send troops.

US President Joe Biden also said that US troops would not be sent to Ukraine, but would defend NATO member states that are impacted. 

“Our forces are not and will not be engaged in the conflict with Russia in Ukraine,” Biden said. “Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO allies.” 

Russia is opposed to Ukraine joining NATO, and has said that Ukraine doing so would be a hostile act against Russia. 

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