Ukrainian forces have recaptured part of Severodonetsk, an eastern city in the Luhansk Oblast of Ukraine, which has been the focus of Russia’s offensive, according to officials.
Speaking on national television on Friday — day 100 of the Russian invasion — the governor of the Luhansk province, Sergiy Gaidai said that Ukrainian troops have managed to regain 20% of the land they lost to Russian forces, Reuters reports.
During his address, Gaidai said he is waiting to have “enough Western long-range weapons,” which he said will be used to “push their artillery away from our positions. And then, believe me, the Russian infantry, they will just run,” Reuters reported.
Writing on Telegram, Gaidi has said that the Russians “threw all forces” to capture the industrial city and have blown up bridges to stop Ukrainian forces from bringing military supplies and humanitarian aid to civilians.
While the number of Russian troops being killed in combat continues to rise — Western estimates suggest that up to 15,000 Russian troops have been killed, and Ukraine puts the figure as high as 30,000 — Ukraine is also facing mounting losses.