President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with a soldier in newly retaken Izyum, published on Zelenskyy’s Telegram on September 14 2022.
Office of the President of Ukraine/Telegram
Zelenskyy’s motorcade was in a crash but he escaped without major injury, his spokesman said.
The Ukrainian president was in Kyiv, after visiting from a newly recaptured city.
Police are investigating the circumstances, the spokesman said.
A car crashed into Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s motorcade but the president did not have any serious injuries, Zelenskyy’s spokesman said early Thursday morning local time.
A doctor accompanying the Zelenskyy examined him after the crash and found “no serious injuries,” Sergii Nykyforov, the president’s press secretary, said in a statement.
Medics who were travelling with Zelenskyy gave “emergency aid” to the driver of the car that crashed into the motorcade and put him in an ambulance, Nykyforov said.
Nykyforov did not clarify exactly when the crash happened, but said that it happened in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. Zelenskyy said after Nykyforov’s update that he had returned to Kyiv from his trip to visited newly retaken territory in Kharkiv.
Ukrainian police will look into the circumstances of the crash, Nykyforov said. He did not speculate as to any cause.
Zelenskyy visited the newly retaken city of Izyum on Wednesday, which was retaken as part of Ukraine’s massive counterattack in the region.
Zelenskyy said on Tuesday that Ukraine has retaken around 1,500 square miles (4,000 square kilometers) of the country back from Russia.
Zelenskyy shared a video address early on Thursday, in which he did not mention the crash.
He said he had returned from his trip and thanked the soldiers he had met on the front line.
He said in the address: “As of today, almost the entire region is de-occupied. It was an unprecedented movement of our warriors.”
He shared further posts of him greeting troops and visiting public spaces.
His trip to Izyum is the latest in a series of his risky trips to greet Ukrainian troops, which stand in a marked contrast to President Vladimir Putin, who has not been documented visiting any of the fighting.
The crash will have been a jarring event to the president’s security team. He made the trip despite having said, at the outbreak of war, that he was Putin’s “No.1 target.”
According to the Times of London, 400 mercenaries were dispatched to hunt him down in Kyiv in February.
And in April, when Russian forces neared Kyiv, the president and his staff feared both …read more
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