Zelenskyy makes 'very serious' plea to Biden about his State of the Union speech in interview from bunker

UKRAINIAN President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made an earnest plea to Joe Biden regarding his upcoming State of the Union speech in an interview from a bunker in Kyiv.

The Ukrainian president urged Biden to say something “useful” for his government and shy away from vague statements of support amid the Russian invasion.

In an interview with CNN, Zelenskyy said that as long as Moscow's attacks on Ukrainian cities continued, little progress could be made in talks between the two nations.

"You have to speak first of all. Everybody has to stop fighting and to go [back] to that point from where it began five, six days ago.

"I think there are principal things you can do … If you do this, and that side does this, it means they are ready for peace. If they (are not) ready, it means you're just wasting time," the Ukrainian president said.

Zelenskyy has drawn global praise for his response to the invasion, and when asked by the outlet about his transformation from comic actor to wartime leader, the president responded: "it's not a movie."

"It's very serious, it's not a movie … I'm not iconic, I think Ukraine is iconic.

"Ukraine is the heart of Europe, and now I think Europe sees Ukraine is something special for this world. That's why [the] world can't lose this something special," he added.

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On Tuesday, a 40-mile column of Russian armor and artillery was pictured on the outskirts of Kyiv with fears looming of an even heavier onslaught after six days of war.

Fresh strikes rocked Kyiv as Russian forces look to seize the capital and topple the government led by President Zelenskyy.

There are fears that Russia is attempting to knock out the city's communications infrastructure after hitting an area near Kyiv's TV tower, taking out broadcasting hardware, according to Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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