Russia seizes 20% of Ukrainian territory
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says that Russian forces have seized 20% of his country’s territory, as Moscow’s invasion nears its 100th day.
Addressing lawmakers in Luxembourg, he added that the front line extended for more than 1,000km (621 miles).
“All combat-ready Russian military formations are involved in this aggression,” he told MPs via videolink.
Mr Zelensky’s address comes as Moscow intensifies attacks on the city of Severodonetsk in the Donbas region.
UK defence officials say that Russian forces have seized control of most of the city and observe that Moscow “continues to make steady local gains, enabled by a heavy concentration of artillery”.
Mr Haidai said Moscow’s forces controlled around 80% of the city but Ukrainian troops had “carried out counter-attacks, pushing back the enemy on some streets and taking several prisoners”.
He added that intense street-to-street fighting in the city had hampered evacuations, describing such efforts as “extremely dangerous”.
Some 15,000 civilians remain trapped in Severodonetsk, with many of them taking shelter at the massive Azot chemical plant.