Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky refused an offer from the U.S. to evacuate him from Ukraine’s capital, saying that he needs “ammunition, not a ride.”
The U.S. offered to evacuate Zelensky from Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital but he declined and asked for more ammunition to help fight off the Russian troops advancing into the capital city.
“The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride,” Zelensky said.
It’s unclear just how far Russian forces have made it into Kyiv, but the city was hit hard by airstrikes on Friday and reports indicated that troops were closing in.
Zelensky confirmed in a video posted on Twitter that he is still in Kyiv and plans to fight.
“I’m here. We are not putting down any arms. We will protect our country because our weapons are our truth,” he said in a video posted Saturday.
Zelensky’s rejection comes just after he announced that he’s Russia’s “number one” target. Thursday evening State Department spokesman Ned Price echoed the Ukrainian president’s statement saying that he’s a “prime target for Russian aggression.”
“The enemy has designated me as the target number one, and my family as the target number two,” Zelenskyy said.