Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the people of Ukraine were doing everything possible to drive the Russians out of the country, but “today no one can predict how long this war will last.” “It will unfortunately depend not only on our people, who are already giving their maximum, but it will depend on our partners, on the European countries, on the whole free world,” Zelensky said in his video message to the nation of the night. Will do.’
He said he was grateful to all those working to strengthen sanctions on Russia and increase military and financial aid to Ukraine. “This is the only way to protect freedom in the face of Russian aggression,” the Ukrainian president said. For Western countries it is not just about an expenditure or a calculation of expenditure, it is about the future. Zelensky said Ukraine shot down the 200th Russian plane during the war on Friday and they inflicted heavy losses on Russia in terms of tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones.
‘Efforts on to rescue fighters trapped in steel plant’
Zelensky said, ‘And why? So that the statue of Lenin could stand for some more time in the temporarily occupied Geniechesk? There can be no other result for Russia.’ In April, the Russian military re-installed a Lenin statue in Genichesk, a city in the southern Kherson region. Zelensky said Ukraine was engaged in “very difficult negotiations” to try to rescue wounded fighters trapped at the Mariupol steel plant.
‘Towns and villages rescued from Russian army’
“We are talking about evacuating a large number of people. Of course, we are all doing everything we can to take out each of our defenders. We have already included everyone in the world who can be the most influential mediator. Zelensky said that the Ukrainian army had retaken towns and villages from the occupation of Russian troops. Work is on to restore electricity, drinking water supply, telephone communication and social services, he said.