Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has left Ukraine and is currently in Poland, Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin asserted.
However the assertion was not immediately reported on the Russian RT channel.
insert: Zelensky has a young family and has accused Russia several times of wanting to kill him . However if he has really fled this time it would be a propaganda blow that could shorten the Russian invasion. Some western media said he was just visiting Poland. A few days ago he was accused of fleeing to Lvov and pre-recording street interviews calling for resistance before leaving.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier said that he has not left the country’s capital Kiev due to the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarise and de-Nazify” the country.
“Zelensky left Ukraine. Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada said that they could not get to him in Lvov”, he wrote on his Telegram channel. “He is now in Poland”.
Shortly after Volodin’s statement, Verkhovna Rada asserted that Zelensky did not leave Ukraine and remains in Kiev.
Later, however, Ukrainian opposition lawmaker Ilya Kiva claimed that the president “urgently” left for Poland and is hiding in the US Embassy there.
“This is where he is set to continue to utilize the Ukrainian Army and civilians while making insane orders that cost thousands of human lives”, Kiva said in a video message on his Telegram channel.
Several Western countries have expressed concern in regard to Zelensky’s safety. Particularly, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris was ready “to help him if necessary”. It was also reported that the United States offered him evacuation, but he refused.
Reports that Zelensky left the Ukrainian capital emerged earlier last week, with the president refuting them and posting several video messages in which he said he remained in Kiev.
In late February, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine with the goal to “demilitarise and de-Nazify” the country. The operation began after a request for help from the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. After the start of the operation, a massive wave of anti-Russian sanctions followed from the West.