April 24, 2024

Zelensky says situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions remain extremely difficult

From CNN’s Maria Kostenko in Kyiv and Lauren Kent in London

President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the situation in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions remains extremely difficult.

“Those are literally battles for every meter of Ukrainian land,” Zelensky said in his daily address Tuesday. “We must appreciate the significance of those battles. Every meter won there means the defense of our entire country.”

“Every day that our heroes have stood up in Bakhmut, in Vuhledar, in Maryinka, and in other cities and communities in Donbas reduces the duration of Russian aggression by weeks. This is where the unprecedented destruction of Russian potential is happening now,” Zelensky added. “The enemy will not be able to regain anything they lose in our Donbas.”

Earlier, the Ukrainian General Staff said Russian forces are continuing air and ground offensives near Bakhmut, Shakhtarsk, Avdiivka and other towns in the Donetsk region.

Russian rockets hit civilian infrastructure in the Donetsk region in two separate attacks, resulting in several wounded civilians, it said.


Source: By Kathleen Magramo, Jack Guy, Aditi SangalAdrienne VogtLeinz Vales and Mike Hayes, CNN

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