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Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy says main task is de-occupation

Update : 22 Apr 2023, 12:57

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said his country's main task is recapturing territory occupied by Russia. Meanwhile, Latvia has said it will give all its Stinger missiles to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the military is establishing new fighting units as Ukraine is expected to launch a counteroffensive against the Russian troops occupying parts of his country.

"We are actively preparing new brigades and units that will show themselves on the front," Zelenskyy said in his daily video address on Friday. He said his meetings with the general staff were about providing all the means to liberate Ukraine from Russian occupation.

"Everyone in Ukraine must understand that the main task of the state is the de-occupation of our territories, the return of our lands and our people from Russian captivity," Zelenskyy said, adding that state resources would be spent primarily on this. "The front line is priority number one."

At the same time, he thanked Western partners meeting in Germany on Friday for helping Ukraine defend itself. "I thank those partners whose determination is fully in line with the actual situation and needs on the battlefield."

Ukraine has been fighting off Russia's invasion and occupation for nearly 14 months and is largely dependent on Western support for military equipment. On Friday, the Western allies met at the US Ramstein Air Base to discuss further aid.

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