Enemy strikes on Odesa and Kharkiv, NATO Secretary General's visit - the main points from Zelenskyy's address

Enemy strikes on Odesa and Kharkiv, NATO Secretary General's visit - the main points from Zelenskyy's address

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the main events of the day / Photo: Office of the President of Ukraine / Photo: Офіс президента України

In his evening address on April 29, 2024, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed the Russian strikes on Odesa and Kharkiv, as well as the visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the situation on the front lines.

In the evening of April 29, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Ukrainian people as usual and briefed them on the day's main events.

Russian strikes on Odesa and Kharkiv

The President received reports on the situation in Odesa following the Russian missile strike and in Kharkiv after the strikes with guided aerial bombs.

“Unfortunately, there are killed people in Odesa. Many wounded. All of them are being provided with medical assistance. Local services and rescuers of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine responded immediately. It is important that all services, all our people, on whose work the lives of Ukrainians depend, are as efficient and fast as possible. Prompt assistance and protection of life, that is timely and courageous enough, are what help us all in Ukraine to endure”, he said.

Negotiations with the Secretary General of NATO

During the negotiations with Jens Stoltenberg, Zelenskyy raised the issue of supplying weapons and air defense systems.

“The daily Russian missile attacks, as well as the daily attempts of the occupier to destroy more of our positions, can all be stopped. The Russian offensive plans can be thwarted. For this, Ukrainian strength must be backed up by sufficient support from partners: "Patriots" that are needed here, the 155 mm caliber that must sound as strong as possible at the front, the weapons with sufficient range that can and must destroy Russian logistics. All intelligence agencies of our partners are informed of the current threats and prospects. We must do everything to achieve our goals – the common goals of everyone in the world who despises terrorists”, the Head of State said.

Today, Zelenskyy held a meeting of the Staff, where he listened to a report from the Chief of Staff, Oleksandr Syrskyi.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Kyiv / Photo: president.gov.ua / Photo: president.gov.ua

“Our positions. The hottest areas. The supplies we expect. There was also a report by the Chief of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine and representatives of the Coordination Headquarters on negotiations for the release of POWs. It is extremely important for our state to maintain clear communication with the families of the POWs. There must be clarity, to the extent possible, regarding each name, each person, regarding the measures being taken to bring our people home”, - he summed up.

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