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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has issued a plea for Australia to do more to help fight off the Russian invasion of his country, declaring the support already offered will go down in history.

The man who’s become the symbol of Ukrainian resistance and an international icon spoke about the horrors he has seen, the threat to Europe of a nuclear attack, the war’s effects on his family and what it feels like to have a target on his head, in a wide-ranging in-person interview with 60 Minutes.

“I have to be only very thankful to (the) Australian people that you helped us already. And it’s true. But we need more. It’s also true,” he said, switching to English for a direct message to the nation.

The former comedian and TV star did his best to express the importance of the waves of support that have come from the international community, including Australia, to his country’s months-long fight to repel a much larger army some thought would triumph in weeks or days.


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