Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky took time to visit the wounded soldiers being treated and recovering in a Kyiv hospital. He took the opportunity to award medals of courage and to take photos with them despite the war continuing to rage on, inching closer to Kyiv day by day.
This past Sunday, Steve Beynon, an Army reporter, posted a video of Zelensky that highlighted him the chance to visit with several soldiers, taking photos, and shaking hands.
“Ukraine President Zelenskyy visiting his wounded troops and awarding medals — video from Ukraine officials,” stated Beynon in a tweet that went with the video.
Ukraine President Zelenskyy visiting his wounded troops and awarding medals — video from Ukraine officials pic.twitter.com/RthwscxX7P
— Steve Beynon (@StevenBeynon) March 13, 2022
Christopher Miller, a correspondent for Buzzfeed News, put out a much longer video that highlighted Zelensky, with a group of officials, trekking through the streets of Kyiv on the way to the hospital before then greeting the staff before moving on to the individual soldiers. After talking with quite a few of the wounded, and taking many a selfie, he issued them their awards for bravery.
President Zelensky walked to a hospital today to visit wounded Ukrainian soldiers and award them with state honors for their sacrifices. pic.twitter.com/LI0JScdkX7
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) March 13, 2022
The official Twitter page for the Defense Ministry of Ukraine also made sure to share a series of their own photos as well, along with comments from Zelensky himself: “I believe that the best gift for your statement will be our common victory.”
Президент України Володимир Зеленський відвідав у госпіталі поранених захисників України 🇺🇦
— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) March 13, 2022
Various groups of the Russian occupation force are expected to make a move on the capital city of Kyiv in the upcoming days, but President Zelensky has reportedly stated that Ukraine refuses to give in. He issued an address via video on Saturday, stating, “The Russian invaders cannot conquer us. They do not have such strength. They do not have such spirit.”
He went on to add that when Russian President Vladimir Putin made the choice to invade Ukraine, he signed the death warrant for his own country. Russia, he continued, was rapidly becoming a “large area isolated from the rest of the world. Where poverty will reign. Where everything will be determined only by violence.”
As reported by the Kyiv Independent, Zelensky has also, posthumously, awarded the “Hero of Ukraine” away to field medic Sergeant Inna Derusova, the first woman to receive such an award in history.
“Zelensky: Sergeant Inna Derusova is the first woman to be awarded the Hero of Ukraine title posthumously. A field medic, she was killed during the artillery attack on Okhtyrka on Feb. 24, the first day of Russia’s invasion. She saved more than 10 soldiers that day,” read a tweet from the outlet.
⚡️Zelensky: Sergeant Inna Derusova is the first woman to be awarded the Hero of Ukraine title posthumously.
A field medic, she was killed during the artillery attack on Okhtyrka on Feb. 24, the first day of Russia's invasion. She saved more than 10 soldiers that day.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 12, 2022