Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his video message Friday evening that Russian forces have attacked "civilian infrastructure," including kindergartens.
Addressing the people of Russia while speaking Russian, Zelensky said, "There is nothing that could possibly explain why the kindergartens and civilian infrastructure are being shelled. "
He continued: "What kind of war is this against the Ukrainian children? Who are they? Are they also neo-Nazis? Or are they NATO soldiers that imposed a threat to Russia?"
Zelensky's remarks come after Russian President Vladimir Putin made baseless claims about Ukrainians to his security council on Friday. Putin frequently repeats the baseless and inaccurate claim that the democratically elected Ukrainian government is a "Nazi" or "fascist" regime.
Zelensky went on to say that "many" cities are under attack and pleaded with Ukrainian citizens "to be very careful."
"Please help each other, especially the elderly, the lonely, those who need your support," he said. "In case of any danger, please go to the shelters."