- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said via Telegram that he had visited the southern regions of Ukraine, including Odessa.
- “We will not give anyone the south, we will give everything back,” Zelensky said in his post.
- Zelensky warned in May that the blockade could lead to a worldwide grain shortage.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Black Sea would return to Ukrainian control after visiting the southern regions of Ukraine and speaking with troops there.
His visits included the cities of Mykolaiv and Odessa, both of which are part of Russia’s efforts to gain control of the Black Sea coast.
“I spoke to our defenders – the army, the police, the National Guard, and the fight against terrorism,” Zelensky wrote in a Telegram post. “Their mood is safe, and not everyone doubts our victory.”
The president thanked the troops for their service and presented the soldiers with medals urging them to “take care of Ukraine.” BBC reported.
“We will not give anyone the south, we will return everything – and the sea will be Ukrainian – it will be safe,” Zelensky wrote.
Zelensky warned in May that the Russian blockade of Ukrainian ports could lead to a global shortage of food, especially grain. Ukraine produces 80 million tons of grain every year.
There will be a crisis in the world. “The second crisis after the energy crisis triggered by Russia,” Zelensky said after meeting Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa in Kyiv. “Now there will be a food crisis if we do not open the roads to Ukraine, and do not help the countries of Africa, Europe and Asia that need this food.”
A few days before Zelensky’s trip to southern Ukraine, the president met world leaders in Kyiv, including French President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron and Zelensky did not have a good relationship after Macron called for a “diplomatic solution” to the war.
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