KYIV, Ukraine – President Volodymyr Zelensky said that although the Ukrainians are doing all they can to drive out the Russians, “no one today can predict how long this war will last.”
“It will unfortunately not only depend on our people, who are already giving their all,” he said in his nightly video address to the nation. “It will depend on our partners, on European countries, on the whole of the free world.”
He said he was grateful to everyone working to strengthen sanctions against Russia and increase military and financial support for Ukraine. “This is the only recipe for protecting freedom against Russian invasion. And for Western countries, it’s not just an expense. It’s not about accounting, it’s about the future.
Zelensky said Ukraine downed the 200th Russian aircraft of the war on Friday and he noted 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 the temporarily occupied Genichesk? There is and can be no other outcome for Russia.
In April, Russian forces restored the statue of Lenin in Genichesk, a town in the southern Kherson region.
Zelensky said Ukraine was engaged in “very difficult negotiations” to try to evacuate injured fighters trapped in the Mariupol steelworks. “We are talking about a large number of people. Of course, we do everything to evacuate everything else, each of our defenders. We have already brought into the world all those who can be the most influential mediators.