(Portal) – Ukraine’s military is inflicting “extremely heavy” casualties on Russian forces near the town of Vuhledar in the eastern Donbass region, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday.
“The situation is very complicated. And we fight. We are crushing the invaders and inflicting extremely heavy casualties on Russia,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address.
Referring to several cities in Donbass, where fighting has been concentrated for months, Zelenskyy said: “The more casualties Russia suffers there, in Donbass – in Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Marinka, Kreminna – the sooner we will be able to to end this war with the victory of Ukraine”.
Zelenskyy outlined the defense situation in other sectors after what he called an “expanded” session of the military command.
Things are under control near the Black Sea port of Odessa, he said, and troops are “protecting” the central region of Zaporizhia, which is partially controlled by Russian forces.
“Very good results” were recorded on the northern border with Russia and its ally Belarus, areas where Ukrainian troops retook towns from Russian forces in September and October.
“Of course, military affairs and intelligence details cannot be shared with everyone,” said Zelenskyy. “But I want our people to have predictability now. And feel that Ukraine is getting closer to its goals.”
(Reporting by Ron Popeski and Nick Starkov; Editing by Diane Craft and Richard Chang)