War in Ukraine: 20% of Russian territory occupied, Zelensky mentions "war of attrition", the point on the 100th day of the Russian invasion

War in Ukraine: 20% of Russian territory occupied, Zelensky mentions “war of attrition”, the point on the 100th day of the Russian invasion

Ukraine expects to receive more weapons from its allies after a new promise of US aid, said President Volodymyr Zelensky, as the battle for the east of the country raged 100 days after the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.

Russian forces now occupy about 20 percent of Ukrainian territory, according to Volodymyr Zelensky. The army of Russian President Vladimir Putin is focusing on the industrial region of Donbass, which consists of Luhansk and Donetsk.

Three civilians were killed in Donetsk, two in the coal-producing town of Avdiivka, and nine were injured, Gov. Pavlo Kirilenko said late Thursday. Reuters could not immediately confirm the details.

“The entire temporarily occupied territory of our state is now a complete disaster area, for which Russia bears full responsibility,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in a late-night speech. “We are waiting for more good news about the supply of weapons from other partners (…) We are working to bring the contribution of modern combat systems to a much higher level,” he said. he indicated.

A Ukrainian presidential adviser said on Friday that the country did not plan to use the longer-range missiles it would receive from the United States to attack facilities in Russia, echoing Joe Biden’s remarks earlier in the day. week.

“More suffering in Ukraine”

Moscow denies targeting civilians and sees the Ukrainian infrastructure used to transport Western weapons as a legitimate target.

Asked about US plans to sell drones that could be armed with missiles in Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said the influx of equipment would not change the parameters of the “special operation” , but “will bring more suffering to Ukraine.”

On the ground, in Ukraine, the industrial city of Sievierodonetsk in the east of the country is now largely in ruins after several days of fierce fighting. Its capture and that of Lisichansk would give Russia control of the entire Louhansk Oblast (administrative region).

Moscow forces are also trying to advance south toward the Ukrainian-held cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk in the Donetsk region, Gov. Pavlo Kirilenko said.

Free up grain exports

UN Humanitarian Aid Martin Griffiths is in Moscow on Thursday and Friday to discuss with Russian officials how the Black Sea shipping routes can be cleared for grain and other exports. in the context of the global food crisis.

The Interfax news agency on Thursday quoted the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that grain carriers could leave Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea via “humanitarian corridors” as Russia is ready to ensure their safety.

As Washington blackcuts a growing number of Kremlin-related individuals and entities, the European Union has given its final approval to a series of sanctions that include a 90% reduction in Russian oil imports by end of the year.

Russia has called the ban on imports “self-destructive”, saying it could destabilize global energy markets.

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