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Ukraine after 100 days of war broke out

Today (June 3), the war in Ukraine has entered its 100th day. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russian forces are occupying about 20% of the country’s territory.

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According to Reuters news agency, after 100 days of war, Ukraine is trying to withstand overwhelming Russian fire on the eastern front to wait for the day when Western weapons arrive and give the country a much-needed advantage.

With casualties on the rise and delays in arms deliveries by Western countries, some Ukrainian officials fear that aid will not arrive as quickly as expected. The White House has just pledged $700 million in military aid to Ukraine, including advanced missile systems, but some Ukrainians remain skeptical.

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“It’s too late,” said Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. “Western partners are helping us, but the number of weapons and ammunition they provide is not enough.”

Thousands of people have been killed and more than 6 million others in Ukraine have been forced to flee the country since Russia launched it Special operations in Ukraine on 2/24. Russia says it wants to disarm Ukraine and destroy extremist nationalists there, which threaten Russia’s security.

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With one-fifth of Ukraine occupied, President Zelensky told Western officials on June 2 in Bratislava, Slovakia that the war is facing an “inflection point”, depending on whether the West can supply weapons to reverse the enormous advantage in equipment and numbers that Russia has in eastern Ukraine.

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Some argue that the West has missed its best opportunity. Jamie Shea, a former senior NATO official at the Friends of Europe think tank in Brussels, Belgium, said: “I feel that the West has made a big mistake. Six weeks ago, when the Russians were fighting withdraw… It is time for the Americans to give Ukraine the advanced HIMARS missile system.”

After the supply lines were overstretched during the first weeks of the war, Russia withdrew from several positions around the capital Kiev and the northern regions of Ukraine. However, in recent weeks, Russia put Ukraine in the difficult position of concentrating its firepower on a relatively small front – eastern Ukraine.

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Russia is advancing slowly, only 500-1,000m per day compared with the tens of kilometers that its military doctrines envisage.

Follow President of Ukraine, it had some success on the battlefield of Severodonetsk. “The situation there is currently the most difficult, in the cities and nearby communities as well. Many cities are facing a strong Russian attack.”

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