Zelensky for Russia: without gas or without you? Without You’



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President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a stark warning to Moscow, declaring that “history will put everything in its place” as Ukrainian forces overran the northeastern Kharkiv region.

In a message on Telegram addressed to Russia, Zelensky asked: “Do you still think that we are ‘one nation?’” “Do you still think that you can frighten us, smash us, and make us compromise?”

“You really didn’t understand anything? I don’t understand who we are? Why us? What are we talking about?” read the post published on Sunday.

“Read my lips: Without gas or without you? Without you. Without light or without you? Without you. Without water or without you? Without you. Without food or without you? Without you,” wrote Zelensky.

“Cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as frightening and deadly to us as your friendship and brothers,” he added. But history will put everything in its place. And we will be with gas, light, water, food … and without you! ”

Zelensky’s message came a week after an astonishing shift on the battlefield in eastern Ukraine, as the country’s forces broke through Russian defenses and reclaimed more than 3,000 square kilometers (more than 1,100 square miles) of territory.

The recent Russian collapse in Kharkiv has been met with stinging criticism from Kremlin loyalists — and raised the question of how Moscow will respond to its failure.

On Sunday, Zelensky said, Russia retaliated with missile strikes on infrastructure that caused power outages in parts of eastern Ukraine, including the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.

“Even through the impenetrable darkness, Ukraine and the civilized world clearly see these terrorist acts. Deliberate and cynical missile strikes on vital civilian infrastructure. There are no military installations,” Zelensky said via Telegram.

On Monday, Russia launched fresh air strikes on Kharkiv as the Kremlin sought to play down Moscow’s setback in the region, insisting it would achieve all of the goals of its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

“The special military operation is continuing and will continue until the initial goals are achieved,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin was aware of the situation on the front line.

After the success of the Ukrainian counterattack on Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry sought to present its withdrawal as a strategic regrouping.

“The decision was made to regroup Russian forces in the Balaklya and Izyum regions and to redirect their efforts towards Donetsk,” the statement said.

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