100th Day Russia War: Ukraine Says Victory Will Be Ours

100th Day Russia War: Ukraine Says Victory Will Be Ours

Over in Kyiv, Ukraine’s President Zelensky has marked the 100th day of the war with a poignant video.

In it, the wartime leader is flanked by some of his closest allies – including Ukraine’s PM – whose titles he reads aloud before saying they are all here.

“The armed forces of Ukraine are also here … the people of our nation are here. We’re defending Ukraine for 100 days already. Victory will be ours. Glory to Ukraine! from President Zelensky

Zelensky and his team stand in front of the Ukrainian presidential office, in the centre of the capital.

On 25 February, a day after Russia launched its invasion, the president posted a similar defiant video – from the exact same location.

Then, Zelensky had just refused offers by the West to be evacuated from Kyiv, famously saying “I need ammunition, not a ride”.

Now, 100 days later, he remains in the post as the war continues.

Ukraine says it does not plan to use the advanced multiple launch rocket systems it is getting from the US to strike targets inside Russia.

Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said his country was waging a defensive war – saying that countries which had supplied Ukraine with equipment “know where their weapons are used”.

This week, the US confirmed it was sending four advanced units to Ukraine. Known as HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System), they will use precision-guided munitions to strike targets up to 45 miles (72km) away.

Training outside of Ukraine will take about three weeks, so will not be operational – in battle – for a while.

The longest range HIMARS rockets can hit targets 180 miles away. But these won’t be sent to Ukraine amid concerns from Washington about missiles landing in Russian territory.

Kyiv will still get systems with roughly twice the range of the M777 howitzers the US has previously provided. Nearly all of those 108 units are now in Ukraine, along with much of the 200,000 rounds of ammunition.

Meanwhile, in its latest statement, the Russian defence ministry has accused the UK of taking part in propaganda by assisting the Ukrainians in creating “staged videos”. Russia claims they are being filmed in eastern Ukraine, and show Ukrainian forces using Western weapons that are “highly effective” in fake battles.

The ministry accompanied the statement with footage, allegedly showing the “videos” being filmed.

This is not the first such outlandish claim made by the Russian military.

Moscow regularly accuses Ukraine and Western nations of faking evidence and organising “provocations” in order to blame Russia for committing war crimes and shelling civilian areas.

In fact, there is a large amount of evidence – much of which is being recorded by independent international organisations – of war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

None of the statements nor materials released by the Russian defence ministry today has made any mention of the 100-day anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On Thursday, independent Russian news website Meduza reported that state-controlled media have been told by the Kremlin to not “accentuate the longevity” of the war on the eve of the 100-day milestone.

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