Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that Ukrainian forces have achieved some success in their fight against the Russians in the city of Severodonetsk, but the overall military situation in the Donbass region has not changed in the past 24 hours.
In a late-night video speech, Zelensky thanked US President Joe Biden for his promise to send the missiles and said he expected good news about arms supplies from other partners.
On Thursday, the Russian army continued to carry out the duties of its special operation in Ukraine, targeting sites of military infrastructure and Ukrainian forces in throughout the country and advancing into the Donbass territory, while the West continues to provide aid and military equipment.
Zelensky announced in precedence that Russian forces now control about a fifth of his country’s territory, including Crimea and the territory under the control of pro-Moscow separatists since 2014.
“Today, about 20% of our land is under the control of the occupiers,” Zelensky told deputies in Luxembourg, which is much more than the lands of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, as he said.
Zelensky added that aarea more than double thearea of the territories occupied so far “about 300,000 square kilometers”, has been “contaminated” by mines and unexploded ordnance. She continued, “12 million Ukrainians are displaced and more than five million have traveled abroad”.
Russian forces are approaching the strategic city of Severodonetsk in Donbass, in a war that could “last for many months,” warned Washington. The Russian military is focusing its efforts to control the Donbass region, which is witnessing a war of attrition after a conflict in course for almost 3 months. And it looks like Moscow’s roll tactic to gradually bite into parts of the Donbass is paying off.
At this, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday after his meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington that Western countries should prepare for a “protracted war of attrition” in Ukraine.
He also claimed to have discussed with Biden “continued military support for Ukraine”, adding: “We must continue to support Ukrainian forces to defend themselves.”
He continued: “Our goal is to support the Ukrainian leadership in making a decision on this and we trust in their wisdom. Our goal in helping Kiev is to strengthen its position in the negotiations.”
Stoltenberg added: “We must be prepared for any war that will be imposed on us … Russia is taking great losses in Ukraine and we must be prepared for a long war of attrition in Ukraine”.
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