Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that the situation at the front is “difficult” but the Ukrainian forces do not give “not an inch” of land, while Russian losses are “extremely large”.
“The situation is difficult on the entire front. In some areas, brutal positional battles continue as before and it is especially difficult, also as before, in the Donetsk region & # 8221 ;, he has stated in his usual evening speech.
According to Zelensky, although these days there is a decrease in the news about the situation on the front, that “does not mean that the intensity of the fighting has decreased”.
In fact, the activity of the Russians there “remains at an extremely high level”, with “dozens of attacks every day”, he has assured.
“ They suffer extremely large losses, but their order has not changed – to reach the administrative border of the Donetsk region. We did not give up even an inch of our land there”, he asserted.
As for the Kherson region, the Ukrainian forces are strengthening their positions, while breaking Russian logistics and destroying “ constantly the potential of the occupants to keep the south of our country under occupation”.
From the east of the country, he has commented that “step by step” advance for “the return of the Ukrainian flag” to all their cities, while fortifying the border.
In his speech, the Ukrainian president explained that repair work is being carried out on all energy facilities damaged by the recent Russian attacks.
As a result, as of tonight around four million Ukrainians in 14 regions and the city of kyiv have been disconnected from the electricity supply, “according to stabilization schedules, not in case of emergency”, he explained.
At the same time, work continues to restore “normal life” in the liberated areas and on the last day in two districts of the Kharkov region, gas and electricity were restored in more than a thousand homes.
Zelensky underlined in his speech the decision & # 8220 ;important & # 8221; adopted today by the government of Ukraine to overcome the winter period: “the import of necessary goods during the heating season will be exempt from VAT and import duties”.
This is intended to “reduce” the cost of supplying Ukraine with generators, batteries, transformers and other equipment for the supply of energy and heat, he explained.
At the same time, he has considered it important that sufficient volumes of gas are accumulated and coal to supply the Ukrainians.
According to Zelensky, with these measures they are trying to make the Russian plan to “turn winter into a weapon” against Ukraine, “as well as against all of Europe”