Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy unhurt in car accident in Kyiv

Leader not seriously injured, spokesman says in Facebook post early on Thursday

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sings the national anthem during his visit to Izium, in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, on Wednesday. AP

Ukrainian officials have revealed that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was involved in a car accident in the country’s capital but was not seriously hurt.

The news broke hours after the Ukrainian leader toured newly recaptured territory in the east of the country and declared that Russian forces had been driven out of almost all of the province of Kharkiv.

Mr Zelenskyy said: “I’ve returned from the Kharkiv region — from our Kharkiv region, from the districts that were liberated. As of today, almost the entire region is deoccupied. It was an unprecedented movement of our warriors. Ukrainians once again managed to do what many considered impossible.”

He was scheduled to meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday as she was in Kyiv for meetings with officials to discuss closer co-operation between Ukraine and the EU.

Mr Zelenskyy’s spokesman Serhii Nykyforov did not specify when the accident took place but said the president’s vehicle had collided with a private car.

“The president was examined by a doctor, no serious injuries were found,” Mr Nykyforov said in a Facebook post.

The accident will be investigated, he said. The president’s medics provided emergency assistance to the driver of the other vehicle for whom an ambulance was then called, the Facebook post said.

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