In just over a month, Volodimir Zelensky He went from being an inexperienced president who came from the entertainment world, to one of the most respected and respected leaders globally. From that February 24, when Vladimir Putin gave the green light to start the invasion of Ukraine, until today, the president has always been at the forefront of the resistance. And although in every intervention he shows great strength and temperance, notable is the physical deterioration suffered by the head of state due to the tensions and strains of the war.
Just compare two photos to see Zelensky’s shocking before and after. In the pictures published by his own presidential team a few days before the invasion began he can be seen with a fresh, shaved face, true to his short 43 years.
His last public appearance was on Monday.when he went to the city of Bucha, he recovered from the occupying Russian troops. There, Ukrainian forces found numerous civilian bodies in the streetswhich generated strong rejection by the international community.
His appearance was already very different from just 40 days ago. He is visibly tired, with dark circles under his eyes and a beard of several days. His facial expression also denotes worry, fatigue and stress.
And it is no less. In recent weeks Zelensky, like all the Ukrainian people, is experiencing an a real nightmare. In addition to coordinating the resistance maneuvers of the Ukrainian forces, he continues to raise his voice in this regard the international community helps stop Putin’s war machine.
Within days he also witnessed brutal war crimes committed by Russian troops. Bucha was perhaps the case with the greatest impact. There the invasion forces carried out a real massacre. After regaining control of the city, Ukrainian authorities recovered 410 civilian bodies.
Some of the victims had their hands tied behind their backs and were shot to the head in the middle of a public road. The funeral home workers are overwhelmed and unable to continue the recovery of the body.
This Monday Zelensky assured him from Bucha “War crimes” have been committed which will be “recognized as genocide”. Dressed in a khaki coat, a flak jacket and surrounded by soldiers, he spoke to the press during a visit to this city that has been heavily besieged and bombed by Russian troops in recent weeks.
“Every day, when our fighters come in and take back the territory, they see what happens. They are war crimes and will be recognized as genocide, “she said.
In addition to having the responsibility of leading the Ukrainian resistance, Zelensky also knows that he and his family are on the Kremlin hit list.. According to various reports, Putin doesn’t just want him out of the government to have a pro-Moscow president in his place. The dictator also allegedly ordered the assassination of Zelensky and his family.
Michail Podoljakhead of the Ukrainian president’s office at the beginning of March warned of the existence of Russian “sabotage groups” entering Kiev with the aim of assassinating Zelensky and his family.
Speaking on the Pravda.com portal, Zelensky’s adviser pointed this out “A very powerful intelligence and counterintelligence network” managed to thwart the attack attempts perpetrated by Russian recruitswhich were shot down before reaching the president of Ukraine.
Podolyak said Western intelligence services were right in warning that Zelensky was Putin’s “number one target”. As indicated, To date, there have been more than a dozen assassination attempts of the Ukrainian president. Those primarily responsible for that mission were mercenaries of the Wagner group, supported by the Kremlin, and the Chechen special forces.
As reported by Timesthe attacks were thwarted by subversive antiwar members within the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), who alerted the Ukrainian authorities.
Putin does not hide his goal. Oligarch Roman Abramovich, former Chelsea FC owner, tried to mediate between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine. However, his last meeting with Putin left no room for hope. After giving him a note written by Zelensky, outlining the terms that Kiev would consider to agree to end the war, the Russian regime’s response was conclusive: “Tell him I’ll crush him.”
Despite all that he is going through and going through, Zelensky warned that he will not leave his post and that he will remain until the end of the Russian invasion. “I’m staying in Kiev. In My office. I don’t hide and I’m not afraid of anyone “.assured weeks ago, in a strong message sent to Putin and his troops.