Ukraine conflict: Russia controls about 20% of nation Zelenskyy says as battle enters its one centesimal day

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The conflict in Ukraine has entered its one centesimal day, as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy admits that Russia now controls about 20% of the nation.

Mr Zelenskyy was talking to the parliament in Luxembourg when he mentioned that the realm managed by Russia was bigger than Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg mixed, including that “tens of 1000’s” of individuals have died within the conflict thus far.

“That is what it means, the truth is, to characterise this conflict as full-scale, and for this reason we’re calling the world for his or her assist,” he mentioned.

“If we win this conflict, all Europeans will be capable to proceed having fun with their freedom.”

“But when this one one who desires to destroy any freedom in Ukraine and Europe prevails, then darkish instances will come for everybody on the continent,” he added, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Having didn’t take the Ukrainian capital Kyiv earlier within the conflict, Russia has been specializing in the southeastern Donbas area, which incorporates Donetsk and Luhansk, the place it has been backing separatist fighters since 2014.

Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko mentioned on Thursday that three civilians have been killed there, and 9 individuals have been injured.

Mr Kyrylenko mentioned Russian forces are additionally making an attempt to advance in the direction of the cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk in Donetsk.

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The strategically-important metropolis of Severodonetsk in Luhansk is basically in ruins after days of intense preventing and, if that and the close by metropolis of Lysychansk fall, Russia will management all the province.

Key developments
• UN support chief Martin Griffiths will meet officers in Moscow to debate how grain and different meals could be exported from Ukraine. Russia has been blocking Ukraine’s ports, worsening a worldwide meals disaster
• UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace promised an unspecified number of M270 launchers for Ukraine
• 243 youngsters have been killed within the conflict, 446 have been wounded and 139 are lacking, Mr Zelenskyy mentioned, including that 200,000 youngsters are among the many Ukrainians who’ve been forcefully taken to Russia
• European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned it is within the European Union’s strategic curiosity but additionally “our ethical responsibility” to assist Ukraine be part of the 30-nation bloc

In his nightly deal with, Mr Zelenskyy mentioned: “The whole temporarily-occupied territory of our state is now a whole catastrophe zone, for which Russia bears full accountability.”

However he mentioned he was anticipating extra weapons from allies, with latest contributions from the US and Sweden.

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The Kremlin has warned that the brand new $700m weapons package deal promised by the US is including “gasoline to the hearth”.

The package deal consists of a sophisticated rocket system with a variety of as much as 50 miles, however US President Joe Biden has mentioned Ukraine has promised to not apply it to targets in Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned: “Pumping weapons into Ukraine doesn’t change all of the parameters of the particular operation.”

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