Zelensky vows ‘victory will be ours’ in video address marking 100 days since Russian invasion

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President Zelensky   (AFP via Getty Images)
President Zelensky (AFP via Getty Images)

President Zelensky has vowed that Ukraine will emerge victorious in the war against Russia in a video address released to mark 100 days since the invasion.

"Victory will be ours," he declared in a show of defiance with the presidential office building as a backdrop.

He added: "Our team is much bigger. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are here. The most important -- the people, the people of our state are here. Defending Ukraine for 100 days already.”

It comes after the Ukrainian President revealed this week that Russian forces now control almost one-fifth of the country’s territory.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is set to be armed with precision-guided rockets that have a range of up to 80 kilometres to help match Russia’s artillery arsenal.

Mr Zelensky has demanded heavier weapons to counter Russia’s artillery. Germany and the US have pledged long-range weapon systems.

Moscow has been able to make gains in the east by using the superior reach of its weapons to flatten towns before sending in its infantry.

Britain’s defence secretary Ben Wallace also confirmed the delivery of an unspecified number of M270 launchers to the country.

He said: “As Russia’s tactics change, so must our support to Ukraine. These highly capable rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against Russia’s brutal use of long-range artillery.”

The Kremlin reacted with fury to the moves and threatened to step up attacks in western Ukraine.

“At least tens of thousands” of Ukrainian civilians have died during the conflict so far, Mr Zelensky revealed in comments to Luxembourg’s parliament on Thursday.

In Mariupol alone, officials have reported over 21,000 civilian dead. Sievierodonetsk, a city in the eastern region of Luhansk that has become the focus of Russia’s offensive, has seen roughly 1,500 casualties, according to the mayor.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR estimates that about 6.8 million people have been driven out of Ukraine at some point during the conflict.

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