According to his website, Mr Zelensky thanked reporters across the globe for garnering support and countering Russian misinformation.

“All this time, journalists, cameramen, editors, photographers, drivers have been on the frontline,” he said.

“As this is a hybrid war, information is also a weapon in Russian hands.

“My sincere condolences to the families and friends of those very brave men and women who lost their lives trying to show what is happening in Ukraine.”

He also again urged Western leaders to fund aid and weapons for Ukraine.

“For some reason, people treat it like a movie and expect that there will be no long pauses in the events, that the picture before their eyes will always change, that there will be some surprises every day,” Mr Zelensky said.

“But for us, for our warriors, this is not a movie. These are our lives. This is daily hard work. And it will not be over as quickly as we would like, but we have no right to give up and we will not.”

Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall and The Sun journalist Jerome Starkey spoke with the president in his Kyiv office.

Mr Zelensky awarded Mr Hall with the Order of Merit, third class, in recognition of courageous acts by the British journalist who risked his life to report on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Hall, 41, was injured during a shelling attack while covering the conflict near Kyiv in March 2022. His colleagues, London-based Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova, were killed.

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