5:50 a.m . Ukrainians are expecting arms deliveries from the United States
The United States promised more powerful missile launchers to the Ukrainian forces. A senior White House official said that these are Himars systems (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System), multi-purpose rocket launchers mounted on light armored vehicles with a range around 80 km. No delivery date has been set.
Specialists believe the Himars may alter the military balance on the ground. Antony Blinken, a Ukrainian diplomat, stated that the United States had provided "assurances" that Ukraine would not use these weapons against Russian targets. However, the Kremlin accused Washington of "throwing fuel on the fire" by dissuading the Ukrainians to participate in peace negotiations that have been stalled for many weeks.
5:47 a.m.: The conflict could continue for "many months".
"It could end tomorrow if Russia ceases its aggression", however, "we see no indication in this direction at the stage," stated Wednesday American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in a press conference. Alongside UN Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Washington.
A Western security official under anonymity confirmed Wednesday that the war would last for at least one year.
5:46 a.m . According to Zelensky, Ukraine loses 60-100 soldiers per day
According to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, between 60 and 100 Ukrainian soldiers are killed each day in combat while some 500 others are hurt. This was according to American media Newsmax. He added that "the situation in the East is really difficult."
The high number of casualties is due to the fact that Ukrainian troops are fighting fiercely against an overwhelming concentration of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine trying to seize control of the Lugansk Region. According to Ukrainian television, "Most" Severodonetsk is now under control of Russia's army. This comes after a series of bombings that destroyed approximately 90% of the city. Volodymyr Zelensky stated that "We hold our defensive posts" in the East.
According to the front, significant losses were also sustained by the Russians. According to the Ukrainian government, Russia lost more than 35,000 soldiers since February 24, when the invasion began.
5:45 a.m . Greetings everyone! Welcome to this live, where we will be following the situation in Ukraine on the 99th anniversary of the Russian invasion.