Weapons supplied by the West are beginning to have an impact on the war in Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Ukrainian fighters make “tangible attacks” Russian logistical targets, the president revealed in his nightly video message, adding that strikes are eroding Moscow’s offensive potential.
He said: “The Western artillery – the weapons we received from our partners – started to work very vigorously.
“The accuracy is exactly as needed. Our defenders conduct very high profile attacks on depots and other places important to the logistics of the occupiers, and this significantly reduces the offensive potential of the Russian army.
“The occupiers’ losses will only increase every week, as will the difficulty of supplying them.”
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• Western artillery is ‘very powerful’, says President Zelenskyy
• Representatives of G20 countries, including Russia, gather in Bali
• Heavy shelling along the frontline in Donetsk, but no progress on either side, says UK Defense
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It comes after Sky News reported how Ukrainian military social media increasingly reported the use of the HIMAR systema US-made and supplied multiple rocket launcher that analysts say had been used this weekend to attack Russian forces.
Kiev has repeatedly urged the West to send more weapons to repel the Russian invasion.
Zelenskyy said his troops are advancing in different tactical directions – especially in the south, in the Kherson region, in the Zaporizhzhya region – and that the Ukrainians “will not give up our country”.
Meanwhile, a Ukrainian flag has been raised on Snake Island in the Black Sea after armed forces freed it from Russian forces.
The blue and yellow colors once again flutter over the strategic island, which has been in the spotlight many times during the war – not least when a russian warship was told to “fuck yourself” when it demanded that Ukrainian troops surrender early in the conflict.
In a reference to that episode (now a feature on Ukrainian postage stamps), the flag had a message written to the Russian warship stating that the island is Ukrainian and signed by the head of the Odessa region, Maxim Marchenko.
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The British Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that heavy shelling along the frontline in Donetsk continues, but that no progress has been made by either side.
The intelligence update said it was believed that Russian forces involved in last week’s gains were “recovering”.
It comes as G20 foreign ministers meet on the Indonesian island of Bali for talks that will be dominated by the conflict in Ukraine, despite an agenda focused on global cooperation and food and energy security.
It is reportedly the first time top Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov has met with many of the G20 leaders since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
The G20 includes Western countries that have accused Moscow of war crimes in Ukraine, and countries like China, India and South Africa that either support Russia or abstain from voting at the UN calling for measures to counter Russian aggression.
Many of its members are against sanctions imposed by the West.
The German foreign minister said the G7 countries will coordinate their response to Mr Lavrov in Bali.