As the Ukrainian army continued its advance into eastern regions of the country on Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelensky pledged in his evening speech that all areas of Ukraine that are under Russian occupation will be recaptured.
«Perhaps it seems that after a series of victories we have a certain decline in activity” said Zelensky, hastening to add that it actually does “preparation» for the recapture of Mariupoli, Melitopolis and Chersona, according to him the next stage of the counter-attack.
«Because Ukraine must be free — all of it“, the Ukrainian military plans not only to recapture territory it controlled before Russian forces invaded on February 24, but also areas in the Donbass and Crimea that have fallen into the hands of Moscow-backed separatists since 2014, according to Zelensky .
Russia seized large swathes of southern and eastern Ukraine when it invaded in February. It continues to hold roughly one-fifth of Ukrainian territory.