"I need ammunition, not a ride" - Ukrainian President turns down evacuation request
"The fight is here. I need ammunition, not a ride."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has turned down requests from the US Government to evacuate Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv after it came under attack by Russia, according to reports.
Instead, he is said to have asked for weapons to aid in the ongoing fight.
As reported in multiple outlets, Kyiv came under heavy fire from Russian military on Saturday, with Ukrainian officials urging local residents to take immediate shelter.
Amid the ongoing chaos, the Ukraine President has continued to release videos assuring the population that he is still in the country with no plans on leaving.
The Associated Press reports that the US Government urged the Ukrainian leader to leave Kyiv but Zelensky refused, instead urging supporters to send weapons in order to help fight back.
“The fight is here. I need ammunition, not a ride,” the President stated, according to a US Government Intelligence Official quoted by the news agency.
“Good morning everybody. Do not believe fake news. I am here,” said Zelensky in his latest video posted to Twitter, released early Saturday.
“We will not lay down our weapons. We will defend our country.
"Our weapons are our strength. This is our land. Our country. Our children.
"We will protect all of them.”
In the video, Zelensky can be seen standing in front of the House with Chimaeras building opposite the President's office.
Appearing calm if a little disheveled - and sporting a little stubble - it's believed the President filmed this update after enduring another night of Russian attacks.
Не вірте фейкам. pic.twitter.com/wiLqmCuz1p
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) February 26, 2022