Zelensky pledges to restore all Ukrainian lands

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September 19, 2022 07:55

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pledged, on Sunday evening, to restore all Ukrainian territory in his country, thanks to the continued success of the military counter-offensive.

“Perhaps it seems to someone that after a series of victories there is some calm,” Zelensky said in his videotaped daily speech, adding that this was in fact a “preparation” to retake the major cities of Mariupol, Melitopol and Kherson, the next stage of the counterattack.

The Ukrainian military announced that it had successfully crossed the Uskil River earlier on Sunday, erecting a vital bridgehead on its left bank. A video clip showed a tank crossing the river and being met by Ukrainian soldiers on the other bank.

Ukrainian forces advanced to the Oskil River earlier this month, but Russian forces have so far repelled several Ukrainian attempts to cross the river.

Kyiv has reclaimed more than 6,000 square kilometers of territory across southern and eastern Ukraine since early September, although Russian forces continue to bombard towns in the Kharkiv region after withdrawing a week ago, regional governor Oleh Sengopov said via Telegram.

An analysis published by the British Ministry of Defense confirmed that Russia has significantly intensified its targeting of civilian infrastructure, using long-range missiles over the past week.

Source: agencies