Ukraine has liberated 41 settlements in south of country -Zelenskiy

FILE PHOTO: Ukraine's President Zelenskiy speaks during a joint news conference with Czech Prime Minister Fiala in Kyiv

(Reuters) - Ukrainian forces have liberated 41 settlements as they advance through the south of the country, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday, adding that an unspecified number of pro-Kyiv troops had been killed.

"Today we have good news from the south," he said in an evening video address. "But although we are joyful, we must remember now and forever what this movement means -- every step by our defence forces represents ... lives given for the freedom of Ukrainians."

(Reporting by David Ljunggren and Ronald Popeski; Editing by Leslie Adler)