As the war reaches its 100th day, Volodymyr Zelensky claims that Russia controls 20% of Ukraine.


Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, claims that Russia now controls 20% of his country.

According to the president, Russia has a'much larger' hold over Ukrainian territory than the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg combined.

His remarks came on the 100th day of Russia's conflict in Ukraine, which began on June 3rd.

Since being rejected from near the capital Kyiv when their invasion began on February 24, Vladimir Putin's army have placed their eyes on seizing eastern Ukraine.

Russian troops have expanded their control beyond the 43,000 square kilometres (16,600 square miles) taken when Russia seized Crimea and parts of the Donbas in 2014. Their advance has been much slower than Moscow expected.

"Today, the occupiers control almost 20% of our area," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated in a speech to Luxembourg parliamentarians on Thursday.

According to Zelenskyy, Russia's assault was killing up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers per day.

The industrial city of Severodonetsk in Lugansk, part of the Donbas, is still a hotbed of street violence. The strategically important city is a vital target for Moscow, which currently controls 80% of the territory, but Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday pledged that Ukrainian soldiers will fight "till the end."

"The most difficult situation is in the Lugansk region, where the enemy is attempting to remove our units," said Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, commander in chief of Ukraine's armed forces.

He pleaded with NATO for contemporary munitions, informing Thierry Burkhard, France's top general, that "the enemy has a tremendous advantage in artillery."

"It will save our people's lives."


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