According to sources on Thursday, the car of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy collided with another vehicle shortly after returning from a battlefield visit, but he was not gravely injured. Zelenskyy was on his way back to Kyiv from the province of Kharkiv, where he had met troops in the retaken city of Izium.
A private vehicle crashed with the president's convoy in the Ukrainian capital, according to a Facebook post by his spokesman, Sergii Nikiforov. According to Zelenskyy, the driver of the other vehicle received first aid from his medical team and was transported away by ambulance. Nikiforov wrote that medical personnel evaluated the president, who exhibited no major injuries. He did not detail the injuries that Zelenskyy may have sustained.
Zelenskyy witnessed the raising of his nation's flag above the recaptured city of Izium on Wednesday, highlighting Moscow's humiliating retreat from a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Last week, Russian forces withdrew from the war-ravaged city as Kyiv's military pressed a spectacular assault that recaptured significant areas of terrain in the northeastern Kharkiv region of Ukraine.
In front of the destroyed city hall, the Ukrainian flag was raised as Zelenskyy sang the national hymn. After nearly six months of Russian control, Izium was mostly demolished, with apartment complexes ravaged by fire and artillery attacks.
A gaping hole and heaps of debris marked the site where a structure had collapsed.
"The view is very shocking, but it is not shocking for me," Zelenskyy told media, "because we began to see the same pictures from Bucha, from the first de-occupied territories the same destroyed buildings, killed people."
Bucha is a small city on the outskirts of Kyiv from which the Russians withdrew in March. Authorities in Ukraine uncovered the deaths of hundreds of civilians abandoned in streets, yards, and mass graves following the conflict. Numerous individuals exhibited evidence of torture.
In newly retaken towns in the Kharkiv region, prosecutors said they have uncovered six deaths with signs of torture. Oleksandr Filchakov, the chief of the Kharkiv prosecutor's office, stated that bodies were discovered near the villages of Hrakove and Zaliznyche, located approximately 60 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of Kharkiv.