Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has visited an abandoned industrial facility in Bakhmut, where the heaviest fighting is currently taking place. The Presidential Office press secretary Serhii Nykyforov informed Hromadske about the head of state's visit to the frontline, and the Freedom channel released footage.
“The heroes of Bakhmut are entitled to what every person has. I want their families and children to be safe and sound, to stay warm and in good health. I wish they would also have electricity supply, but the situation is difficult, so the light goes on and off. The most important thing is the light that shines inside,” Zelensky said during the awarding ceremony.
As Nykyforov also shared with Ukrainska Pravda, Zelensky left Bakhmut after awarding AFU fighters. The fighters asked him to present a Ukrainian flag to the US Congress as a token of gratitude to the United States for weapons supplies and assistance.
On his Telegram channel, Zelensky published photos from Bakhmut and announced that the troops are proving with their courage that Ukraine will persevere and will not give up its lands. He added that he and the nation at large are proud of the fighters and once again thanked them for bravery and resilience in fending off enemy attacks.
As it was revealed earlier, the “forward positions” visited by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu were located 75 kilometers away from the contact line.
You can learn more about the situation in the combat zone in The Insider's daily war chronicle: Kamikaze drones attack Kyiv, Borshchevik vs. Starlink, missile strikes in Russian regions. What happened on the front line on December 19.