No one can predict the duration of the war, says Zelenskyy

KYIV: President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that although the Ukrainians are doing their best to expel the Russians, “today no one can predict how long this war will last.”
“This will depend, unfortunately, not only on our people, who are already giving their best,” he said in his nightly video address to the nation. “This will depend on our partners, on European countries, on the entire free world.”
He said that he was grateful to all those who are working to strengthen sanctions against Russia and increase military and financial support to Ukraine. “This is the only recipe to protect freedom against the Russian invasion. And for Western countries, this is not simply an expense. It’s not about accounting, it’s about the future.”
Zelenskyy said Ukraine shot down the 200th Russian plane of the war on Friday, pointing to Russia’s heavy losses in tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones.
“And for what? So that the statue of Lenin can stay a little longer in temporarily occupied Genichesk? There is not and cannot be any other result for Russia.”
Russian forces in April restored the statue of Lenin in Genichesk, a city in the southern region of Kherson.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine was engaged in “very difficult negotiations” to try to evacuate wounded fighters trapped in the Mariupol steel mill. “We are talking about a large number of people. Of course, we are doing everything we can to evacuate everyone else, every one of our defenders. We have already brought everyone in the world who can be the most influential mediators.”
Zelenskyy said that Ukrainian forces have recaptured towns and villages from Russian troops. He said that he was working to restore electricity, running water, telephone communications and social services.

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