Zelensky Reports ‘Barbaric Strikes’ as Putin Removes Military Age Limit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke of “openly barbaric strikes” and said Russian shelling killed one person and wounded others in a residential area Saturday as the country continues to fight against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

Saying “the situation is very complicated,” Zelensky provided the update in his nightly address as Ukraine ended its 94th day of war and Putin officially removed the upper age threshold for military enlistment in Russia.

“As a result of the Russian shelling of Mykolaiv today one person died, seven were wounded, two–in a grave condition,” Zelensky said. “The shells hit a residential area, twenty meters from the kindergarten. These are the enemies chosen by the Russian Federation.”

Zelensky also reported “barbaric” strikes by missiles and mortars in the Sumy region.

“Today, the Russian army has launched absolutely senseless, openly barbaric strikes at the Sumy region. Missiles, mortars. And for what? And what does it give?” he said. “Ukrainians of the Sumy region, as well as any other region of our state, have already understood everything about Russia. And it will not be able to add anything by the new terror. And even more so, it will not be able to intimidate.”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reported “openly barbaric strikes” by Russia in Ukraine on Saturday. Above, he sits for a press conference on April 23 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Also on Saturday, Putin signed a law passed on Wednesday “abolishing the upper age limit” for first-time soldiers to enlist, according to the TASS Russian News Agency. Prior to the change, Russian citizens ages 18 to 40 were eligible, as well as foreigners ages 18 to 30.

The move comes as Ukrainian officials estimate Russia has lost 30,000 soldiers, according to the BBC, compared to the Russian-provided total of 1,351 given on March 25.

Newsweek reached out to Russian officials for comment.

In the TASS report, Russia said the move was implemented because experts believe that it “will facilitate the recruitment of contracted specialists in demanded areas, primarily related to civilians, including in the field of communications, engineering and medical support.”

Zelensky’s update on Saturday called the current situation in Donbas and Kharkiv “very complicated.” He noted that Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Bakhmut and Popasna are “key areas of struggle.”

“But our defense holds on,” he said. “It’s indescribably difficult there. And I am grateful to all those who withstand this onslaught of the occupiers.”

Zelensky said Ukraine is getting closer to exceeding Russia’s fighting capabilities.

“Every day we are bringing closer the time when our army will surpass the occupiers technologically and by firepower,” he said. “Of course, a lot depends on the partners. On their readiness to provide Ukraine with everything necessary to defend freedom. And I expect good news on this already next week.”

Source : https://www.newsweek.com/zelensky-reports-barbaric-strikes-putin-removes-military-age-limit-1711178

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