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Zelenskyy mentions Russia's retreat in his evening address, but not Zaluzhnyi's article

Thursday, 2 November 2023, 20:57
Zelenskyy mentions Russia's retreat in his evening address, but not Zaluzhnyi's article
Photo: Ukraine's President's Office

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced in his traditional evening video address that Russia is gradually retreating to the eastern Black Sea. He did not react to a column in The Economist magazine by Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, which has caused a public outcry in Ukraine.

Source: Zelenskyy's address on 2 November

Quote: "I am grateful to all who are fighting and working to ensure that Ukraine maintains access to the global market. The results are good: Russia is gradually losing control over the Black Sea and retreating to the eastern part of the water area. We will get them even there."

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Details: The president also thanked the US for its powerful new sanctions decision, thanks to which over 220 Russian and non-Russian entities working for aggression are now sanctioned by the US.

Background:

  • On 1 November, The Economist magazine published a column by Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
  • Zaluzhnyi stated that he believes that the war with Russia is moving into a new phase: "positional" warfare with static and attritional fighting. To win, Ukraine needs high technology.
  • He also wrote that the situation at the front has reached a stalemate when neither side can advance because they are technologically equipped at the same level. The general says the situation reminds him of the First World War.

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