Ukraine will lose territory without western arms, says Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy holds a press conference in Kyiv
Volodymyr Zelenskyy holds a press conference in Kyiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged that Ukraine may continue to lose territory due to a lack of parity in arms with the Russian military during a press conference in Kyiv on Feb. 25.

"The pressure from the Russians is quite strong. The intensity of their artillery use was about 12 times our use at the end of last year and the beginning of this year,” Zelenskyy stated.

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He compared these figures to those during Ukraine's summer counteroffensive.

“Now, their firepower usage is about 6.6 times, roughly seven times, as strong as ours,” said Zelenskyy.  “We need to reach the point where we had similar usage, [as in our] counteroffensive actions, where it was closer to 1.5 times, 3 times [the usage]. Then we could push the Russians back. Without such numbers, we can either hold our ground or lose 100 meters, 50 meters. Unfortunately, this is important to us, but strategically, it's more important not to lose people."

Zelenskyy also commented on the loss of Avdiivka.

"Russia has been pushing this [Avdiivka’s occupation] in the information sphere,” said Zelenskyy.

“They need to show some kind of advantage, but what kind of advantage is it when the battles around Avdiivka have been ongoing not just since the start of the full-scale war but since 2014?... The answer is quite simple — to press our partners regarding the packages that have been discussed, agreed upon, and signed. I believe that will at least lessen the Russians' chances." 

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