Military initiative belongs to Ukraine - Zelenskiy

STORY: Zelenskiy also said new facts of Russian atrocities were being recorded, as Russian troops were pushed out.

He concluded the video statement by thanking the international friends and partners of Ukraine for their "principled and firm condemnation" of Tuesday's (September 20) referenda announcement from the Kremlin.

Zelenskiy spoke a day after Russian-installed leaders in occupied areas of four Ukrainian regions set out plans for referendums on joining Russia, a move that could sharply escalate the war.