Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday confirmed that Russian forces at the moment occupy 20 p.c of Ukraine.
In an space of greater than 48,000 sq ft in jap and southern Ukraine – roughly the scale of North Carolina – Russian troopers proceed their brutal marketing campaign.
Zelenskyy mentioned that roughly 116,000 sq. miles are additionally “bestrewn with mines and unexploded ordnance.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “particular navy operation” started practically 100 days in the past and Kremlin officers have mentioned they’ll search to realize “full management” over jap and southern Ukraine.
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Intense combating continues to rage within the Donbas the place Russian forces have launched a floor offensive within the try and fully occupy Luhansk.
Two cities stand in the best way of whole Russian management within the northeastern area, head of the separatist forces there advised Russian media Thursday.
The cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, situated proper subsequent to 1 one other however separated by the Siverskyi Donets River, are the ultimate holdouts for Ukrainian resistance within the area.
Head of the Russian-backed Luhansk Individuals’s Republic, Leonid Pasechnik, mentioned that occupying forces managed roughly one-third of town.
However the U.Okay.’s protection ministry on Thursday mentioned Russian forces had gained management over “most” of Sievierodonetsk.
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“The Russian military has already destroyed nearly your complete Donbas. As soon as some of the highly effective industrial facilities in Europe is just devastated,” Zelenskyy mentioned Thursday. “The occupiers are destroying it metropolis after metropolis.”
Full occupation of the Luhansk area would permit Russian troops to not solely push west into the Donetsk area however possible additional into the war-torn nation.
Ukrainian officers have lengthy warned that Russia might attempt to make one other try for Kyiv as a way to fully dominate the nation.
The Ukrainian president mentioned Kyiv has recorded the lack of at the very least 14,000 folks, however it’s unclear if he was together with Ukrainian troop casualities as effectively.
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The protection ministry has claimed the lack of practically 31,000 Russian troopers because the conflict started, although these figures haven’t been verified.
“We nonetheless do not even know precisely what number of of our folks had been killed by the occupiers. A minimum of tens of hundreds – tens of hundreds in rather less than 100 days,” he mentioned.