The situation continues to get tense in Ukraine… On Friday February 25, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimated that the Russian army was going to try to seize Kiev. Are addressed to its population, he thus confided: “We cannot lose the capital. I am addressing our defenders, men and women from all fronts: tonight, the enemy will use all his our defenses in the most vile, harsh and inhuman way (…) Today has been a difficult but valiant day. We are fighting for our State on all fronts, south, east, north and in many of the cities of our beautiful country.” While speaking with several senior Western leaders, the Ukrainian President added: “I have accepted more help and support. Significant help for our state. Our main objective is to end this massacre The enemy’s losses are very serious.”

As war broke out in Ukraine, Prince William and Kate Middleton expressed their support for the Ukrainian president in a statement. They shared, “In October 2020, we had the privilege of meeting with President Zekenskyy and the First Lady to hear their hope and optimism for the future of Ukraine. Today, we stand with President and all the people of Ukraine as they bravely fight for that future.” On social networks, many Internet users have pointed to the speech of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. “Social media support is not helping people in Ukraine. The UK government should send troops to Ukraine!” ; “Why not go stand next to them and help them fight rather than just say empty words to get attention?”, Can we read. Another user slipped: “I thought the British royal family was not supposed to get involved in politics. Well, I’m really happy to see this message. Ukraine needs all the support possible. The support of the future King and Queen is very meaningful and welcome.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex support the President of Ukraine

The day before, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been the first members of the British royal family to speak out on this subject. In a statement on their Archewell Foundation website, it read: “Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and all of us at Archewell stand with the people of Ukraine against this breach of international and humanitarian law. We encourage the global community and its leaders to do the same.” Then, Internet users had shared on Twitter: “Phew, it’s settled then. Putin will immediately recall the soldiers and send them back to their garrisons. Thank you for that, Harry and Meg, you saved us all. We owe you one. !” ; but also: “Harry and Meghan have spoken. Russian President Putin is now scared LOL.” Royal biographer Angela Levin said the statement was “breathtakingly arrogant.”

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena © Agency

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