KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says forces are holding key cities in the central and southeastern part of the country, while the Russians were trying to block and keep encircled Kharkiv, Nikolaev, Chernihiv, and Sumy.
“We’re inflicting losses on the occupants they could not see in their worst nightmare,” Zelensky says.
He alleges that 10,000 Russian troops have been killed in the 10 days of the war, a claim that could not be independently verified.
The Russian military doesn’t offer regular updates on their casualties. Only once, on Wednesday, did they reveal a death toll, numbering nearly 500.
“This is horrible,” Zelensky says. “Guys 18, 20 years old… soldiers who weren’t even explained what they were going to fight for.”