The conflict in Ukraine entered its 100th day on Friday June 3, with Russian forces continuing to push for control of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. Less than 24 hours ago, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia now controls 20% of Ukraine.
After invading Ukraine on February 24, Russian forces rushed towards Kyiv. However, their plans to capture the Ukrainian capital did not materialize. After being pushed back from Ukraine and the surrounding region, Russia concentrated its firepower in the Donbas region. Separatist elements in the region have long enjoyed Russian support.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) chief Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Joe Biden on Thursday. After the talks, Stoltenberg said Ukraine’s allies must prepare for a “war of attrition”.
“Today around 20% of our territory is under the control of the occupiers,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an address to Luxembourg lawmakers.
Thousands of people have been killed and millions have been forced to flee since February 24.
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Zelensky said up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the eastern part of the country which is under Russian attack.
On the ground, street fighting raged in the industrial hub of Severodonetsk in Luhansk, which is part of Donbass.
The strategic city is a key target for Moscow, which already controls 80% of the region, but Luhansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday promised Ukrainian forces would fight “to the end”.
The Azot plant in Severodonetsk, one of the largest chemical plants in Europe, was targeted by Russian soldiers who fired on one of its administrative buildings and a warehouse where methanol was stored.
(With agency contributions)
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