According to Zelensky, around 20% of Ukraine's territory is controlled by Russian forces.

Volodymyr Zelensky, a Luxembourg Parliament address, stated that Russian forces control "about 20%" or almost 125,000km2 of Ukraine's territory.

According to Zelensky, around 20% of Ukraine's territory is controlled by Russian forces.

Volodymyr Zelensky, a Luxembourg Parliament address, stated that Russian forces control "about 20%" or almost 125,000km2 of Ukraine's territory.

The president of Ukraine stated that about 20% of his country's territory was under control of the occupiers today. This is almost 125,000km2. It is more than all the Benelux countries. He didn't specify what was included in the 125,000 km2 new figure.

He said that Russian forces had "more than 43,000km2" of territory in Ukraine before the invasion on February 24, 2014. Since 2014, Russian forces controlled the Crimean peninsula annexed to Moscow and around a third the Donbass mining basin.

Since the invading Russians took control of large parts of south Ukraine, including most of the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions. Slow progress was made in the Donbass in the east, with the capture of Mariupol at the southern tip.

They want to control all the Donbass regions, Donetsk or Lugansk. Fighting is ongoing in these two regions.

On Wednesday, one of the Russian negotiators in the conflict in Ukraine mentioned the upcoming organization a referendum on territories occupied Russians with a view towards annexation. This could happen in July.

The Russian forces tried to seize it but were unsuccessful. They retreated in March from the kyiv area, where they sustained heavy losses, and partly from the Kharkiv Region, north of Donbass.

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