Ukraine will have to release about 2,000 additional settlements captured by the Russian Federation

Ukraine will have to liberate and restore about 2,000 more villages and towns captured by Russia.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said this in circulation at the 104th Congress of Mayors and Municipalities of France, reports Ukrinform.

“In total, there are still about 2,000 towns and villages that we need to liberate and restore. At least dozens of them were completely destroyed by the attacks of the Russian army, such as Mariupol or Volnovakha,” Zelensky said.

He said that the Russian war affected the entire territory of Ukraine, but the invaders temporarily managed to seize part of the territory of ten of our regions.

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“What are the ten regions of Ukraine? These are more than 11 thousand settlements. Of these 11 thousand, imagine, the total number of cities and towns in Ukraine that fell under occupation is more than 3,700, ”the president noted.

He clarified that we are talking about big cities, small towns, towns and villages of just a few houses.

“It’s a completely different life. Used to be. But now we see one thing in all these settlements: the complete absence of any possibility to live normally and freely,” the head of state noted.

He recalled that at the moment more than 1,800 settlements have already been liberated.

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“The consequences of the occupation are very similar everywhere. Everything that the Russian soldiers managed to mine, they mined. Everything that the invaders managed to rob, they robbed. In total, hundreds of thousands of homes in Ukraine have been destroyed or damaged by shelling. The invaders are leaving behind a completely destroyed infrastructure,” Zelensky informed.

As an example, he cited the situation in the recently devastated Kherson.

“The Russian army occupied Kherson this spring. The liberation of the city began on November 11. What did we see in it? Of the 300 thousand citizens who previously lived in Kherson, about 100 thousand remained in the city. They had nothing. There was no electricity or communication. There was no water. Only after our return did pharmacies start operating in the city. We resume the work of the medical sector, the provision of social services,” the president said.

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According to him, the Russian army not only robbed people and took everything of value, but destroyed or destroyed all equipment, mined administrative buildings, and some simply have to be blown up, because it is impossible to clear them without risk. the life of sappers.

“Kherson has always been a peaceful and calm southern city. Now we will have to spend years healing the wounds after the Russian occupation,” the president stressed.

As Ukrinform reported, on November 11, the armed forces of Ukraine liberated Kherson. The city has been in the hands of the Russian invaders since March 2. After the retreat from the city, the Russian troops shelled Kherson from the left bank of the Dnieper.

By Peter Kavinsky

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