War in Ukraine: Ukrainian Defense Minister Warns of ‘Extremely Difficult Weeks’

“Extremely difficult weeks await us,” warned Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov in a statement on Facebook, calling for the “resilience and unity” of Ukrainians after more than two months of conflict with Russia.

“Unfortunately, we will still lose soldiers before we win”, he added, considering that “there will be more destruction and more injuries”.

According to him, the Russian army “already aware of its defeat, will try to inflict the greatest possible suffering” on the Ukrainian soldiers, whom it urged to “hold the blow”.

Shortly before, the Ukrainian army had recognized an advance of Russian forces in the east of the country, with control of several localities in the region of Kharkiv and the Donbass.

On April 18, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the start of the Russian offensive in the east of the country, where a part has remained under the control of Russian-speaking separatists since 2014, and which is now Moscow’s priority objective.

“The implementation of the agreements [com países estrangeiros]training and shifting logistics takes a certain amount of time”, regretted Reznikov, despite congratulating himself on the “increased aid [militar] to Ukraine”.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, triggering a war that has claimed a number of civilian and military casualties yet to be determined.

The UN confirmed today that at least 2,787 civilians had died and 3,152 were injured, but maintained that the numbers were likely to be considerably higher.

The 63-day conflict has driven more than 5.3 million people to flee Ukraine, in Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II (1939-1945).

Some 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Ukraine, according to the UN.



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