Russo-Ukrainian War: A car accident with a vehicle carrying President Volodymyr Zelensky

The liberated city of Ukraine bears the scars of battle. Video / access point

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky escaped serious injury after being involved in a car accident, his spokesman has confirmed.

A motorist collided with a vehicle carrying the president as his motorcade passed through Kyiv.

A spokesperson for Zelensky said the president was not seriously injured.

“In Kyiv, a passenger car collided with the Ukrainian president’s car and escort vehicles,” spokesman Sergiy Nikiforov said in a statement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says "We are moving in one direction - forward and towards victory".  Photo/AP
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “We are moving in one direction – forward and towards victory.” Photo/PA

“Doctors accompanying the president provided emergency assistance to the passenger car driver and transferred him to an ambulance.

“The president was examined by a doctor, no serious injuries were found. Law enforcement will investigate all the circumstances of the accident.”

Zelensky’s late-night TV address aired shortly after the accident. In it, he said he had just returned from near Kharkiv, where he had previously seen his country’s flag flying above the recaptured town of Izium.

It’s a rare foray out of the capital that highlights Moscow’s embarrassing retreat from a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Russian forces left the war-scarred city last week as soldiers from Kyiv continued a stunning advance that reclaimed large swaths of territory in Ukraine’s northeast Kharkiv region.

As Zelenskyy watched and sang the national anthem, the Ukrainian flag was raised in front of the burning city hall. After nearly six months under Russian occupation, Izium was largely devastated, with apartment buildings blackened by fire and pockmarked by artillery strikes.

A gaping hole and piles of rubble stood where a building had collapsed.

“The sight is very shocking, but it’s not shocking to me,” Zelenskyy told reporters, “because we started seeing the same images of Bucha, of the first deoccupied territories…the same destroyed buildings, people killed.”

Bucha is a small town on the outskirts of Kyiv from which Russian troops withdrew in March. In the aftermath, the Ukrainian authorities discovered the bodies of hundreds of civilians thrown into the streets, courtyards and mass graves. Many bore signs of torture.

“Our blue-yellow flag is already flying in disoccupied Izium. And it will be in every Ukrainian town and village,” Zelensky said on social media during the visit to the town of Izium.

“We are moving in one direction – forward and towards victory.”

– news.com.au, AP

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