Ukraine´s President says ‘significant losses’ inflicted as Russia appears to shift military strategy to focus on Donbas.
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, In a video address on Friday night said there must be serious conversations to end the war.
Zelenskiy reiterated Ukraine’s terms, including sovereignty and territorial integrity, and underlined that conditions should be “fair”.
Zelenskiy thanked Ukrainians who have fought against the Russian invasion, stating: “Over the past week, our heroic armed forces have dealt powerful blows to the enemy, significant losses.” He said more than 16,000 Russians have been killed, including commanders. Russia says 1,351 soldiers have died in combat.
“The armed forces continue to repel enemy attacks, in the south of the country, in Donbas, in the Kharkiv direction and in the Kyiv region,” Zelenskiy said. “By restraining Russia’s actions, our defenders are leading the Russian leadership to a simple and logical idea: talk is necessary. Meaningful, urgent, fair.”
Zelenskyy calls on energy producing countries to hike output to stop Russia from using its oil and gas wealth to “blackmail” other nations.
Ukraine says it has reached an agreement on the establishment of 10 humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians adding that 7,331 people were evacuated from cities on Friday.