President Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that Russian troops now control almost 20 percent of Ukraine’s territory, but the Ukrainian defense forces have liberated 1,017 localities since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.
Russian troops invaded 3,620 populated localities of Ukraine. 1,017 of them have already been liberated, another 2,603 need to be liberated. As of today, about 20% of our territory is controlled by the occupiers, almost 125,000 square kilometers. It is much more than the area of all Benelux countries combined, Zelensky said in his address to the politicians and the people of Luxembourg.
At the same time, the President noted that Russia had launched the war against Ukraine eight years ago. From 2014 to February 24, 2022, Russia controlled almost 43,000 square kilometers of Ukraine’s territory – Crimea and a third of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Zelensky added that currently about 300,000 square kilometers of Ukraine’s territory are contaminated with mines and unexploded ordnance.
Moreover, 12 million Ukrainians have become internally displaced persons and more than 5 million, mostly women and children, have left the country.
Ukraine would consider switching off the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant that lies in Russian-occupied territory if Kyiv loses control of operations at the site, Interfax news agency has quoted an aide to the prime minister as saying.
“As long as the control commands are executed and the site maintains the regime, we are not stopping. But the scenario in which the station could move completely out of control and we stop it is also being looked at,” said the Ukrainian official.
The facility in southeast Ukraine is Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
On February 24, Russia launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops shell and destroy key infrastructure, massively fire on residential areas of Ukrainian cities, towns, and villages using artillery, MLRS, ballistic missiles, drop aviation bombs.