Ukrainian President Zelensky remains defiant after 5 months of invasion: “Even the occupiers admit that we will win”

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Like a Russian invasion On Sunday, Ukraine reached the five-month mark, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to continue inflicting “the maximum possible losses on the enemy.”

“Even the occupiers recognize that we will win,” Zelensky said in a video message on Sunday. “We hear it in their conversations – all the time, in what they say to their loved ones when they contact them.”

Ukraine wants to celebrate Ukrainian Statehood Day on Thursday, a new national holiday that Zelenskiy proclaimed by decree last August.

“This decision will help emphasize the continuity of more than a thousand years of Ukrainian statehood. It will become a factor in resisting Russia’s hostile narratives about Ukraine as a “fake state,” Ruslan Stefanchuk, chairman of the Ukrainian parliament, said last month. about the holiday. “We have to win back every inch of our history.”

In this photo provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine on Saturday, June 18, 2022, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky attends a meeting with the military during a visit to the war-torn Mykolaiv region.

In this photo provided by the Press Office of the President of Ukraine on Saturday, June 18, 2022, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky attends a meeting with the military during a visit to the war-torn Mykolaiv region.
(Press Service of the President of Ukraine via AP)

Hopes for a resumption of peace talks between the two countries seemed to be dashed when Russia strikes at the Ukrainian port of Odessa on Saturday with cruise missiles.

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Russia claimed the strike was only against military targets, but Zelensky said so.destroyed the possibility“or dialogue with Russia.

According to a copy of the agreement obtained by the Associated Press, the countries have just signed a grain shipment agreement that calls for a ceasefire around ships and port cities participating in the initiative.

The fighting in recent months has unfolded around the eastern Donbass. Russia won a victory in the Luhansk region and is conducting an offensive in another area that is part of the Donbass, the Donetsk region.

This week, a senior US Department of Defense official told Fox News that the Kremlin has already engaged 85% of its combat strength in Ukraine.

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“They can’t go on like this forever,” the official said, noting that the Russian chain of command is struggling with the loss of captains, colonels and generals in its ranks. “They used up a lot of smarter ammunition. Their capabilities are getting dumber.”