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Zelenskyy Offers Condolences to Americans After Uvalde School Shooting


  • Ukrainian President Zelenskyy on Friday offered condolences following the Uvalde school shooting. 
  • In a virtual address to Standford students, he called the shooting “impossible to understand.”
  • The shooting occurred 3 months to the day Russia invaded Ukraine, Zelenskyy noted.

In a virtual address delivered to Standford students on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered his condolences to Americans following Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

“It is impossible to understand at all. This is a tragedy,” The New York Times reported Zelenskyy said of the attack on Robb Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead. 

Zelenskyy noted that the Texas shooting occurred exactly three months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since then, reports of Russian war crimes and the mass killings of Ukrainian civilians have permeated the international news cycle.

There have been 16 school shootings in the United States since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine, according to EdWeek research

“And we live in a terrible time when Americans express condolences to Ukrainians over the deaths in war,” Zelenksyy added. “And Ukrainians express condolences to Americans over the deaths in peace.”

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