Ukraine Invasion: Russian Troops Occupy 20% Of Ukraine’s Territory – Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday said that Russian forces currently occupy about 20% of Ukraine’s territory.
Zelensky made calls for more weapons as Russian forces amid the Ukraine invasion.
Britain and Germany are the latest nations to join the U.S. in sending rocket systems to Ukraine to help it counter the Russian artillery assaults.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday revealed that Putin’s troops currently occupy about 20% of the country’s territory since the February 24th Ukraine invasion.
The President has also in a separate address in Slovakia called for more supply of weapons to help his nation counter the Russian forces.
Russia on its part made it clear that Washington is only worsening an already ugly situation with a new $700 million US weapons package for Ukraine.
Joe Biden, the U.S. President believes that expanding Ukraine’s artillery reach will help force Moscow to negotiate an end to the already devastating war that has seen about six million people flee the country.
Meanwhile, in another devastating news for Ukraine, Russian forces backed by heavy artillery are now in control of most of the eastern industrial city of Severodonetsk after fierce days of fighting in which both parties recorded losses.
A regional governor on Thursday said that about 800 people are hiding in bomb shelters at a chemical factory under attack in the city.
The capture of Severodonetsk and its smaller twin Lysychansk would give Russian forces control of all of Luhansk, fulfilling one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stated aims, and this will further shift the battlefield momentum in Russia’s favor.
In other news, Britain will be joining the U.S. in sending rocket systems to Ukraine. This was revealed on Thursday after Britain said it will send sophisticated medium-range rocket systems to Ukraine, in a move coordinated with the United States.
According to Ben Wallace, the U.K. defense secretary, the U.K. will send an undisclosed number of M270 launchers that will be able to send precision-guided rockets up to 80 kilometers.
Germany on the other hand had earlier on Wednesday announced it would provide modern anti-aircraft missiles and radar systems to Ukraine.