KYIV – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Moscow forces now control 20% of Ukrainian territory as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its 100th day.
“Of course, everyone in Ukraine wants all our territories, all our people to be liberated as soon as possible today, the full restoration of the territorial integrity of our state is our goal, but we must act with caution and value life,” Zelenskyy said.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warns Western nations to prepare for the long term as the battle turns into a war of attrition, with the Russian military trying to break through Ukraine’s defenses in the eastern region from all directions.
While the advance was much slower than expected by Moscow, Russian forces expanded control beyond 43,000 square kilometers (16,600 sq mi).
“On February 24, Ukraine reassessed a lot of things, figured out who’s really a friend and who for a tick. We don’t need fake handshakes just for protocol, fake smiles just for etiquette, fake words just out of habit, because we’re ready to be an ally, not by protocol or etiquette and out of conscience and honor, we’re ready to be true, strong and friends forever,” he declared.
Zelensky then expressed his gratitude to President Joe Biden of the United States and the people of the United States for their support and said that they awaited good news regarding the supply of weapons by other partners.
“The United States has confirmed at various levels that modern HIMARS will be sent to our country, these weapons will really help save the lives of our people and protect our country,” Zelensky said.