Ukraine's government on Tuesday said it aims to take back all of its territories after pushing back Russian forces in the northeastern portion of the country in a rapid offensive.
In a video address late on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the West and United States to again provide weapons systems. The United States, in particular, has already given over $13.5 billion in military aid to the country since Feb. 24.
Weapons systems need to be given to Ukraine from the West, he said, to "strengthen cooperation to defeat" Russian forces in the country.
Since Russia's Feb. 24 invasion, Washington and its allies have provided Ukraine with billions of dollars in weapons that Kyiv says have helped limit Moscow's gains. Russian forces control around a fifth of the country in the south and east but Ukraine is now on the offensive in both areas.
Also in the video, Zelenskyy claimed Ukrainian forces took 6,000 square kilometers (2,316 square miles) in the recent offensive. The Epoch Times cannot independently verify the claims.
Fighting was still raging in the northeastern Kharkiv region, Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar told Reuters on Tuesday, saying Ukraine's forces were making good progress because they are highly motivated and their operation is well planned.
"The aim is to liberate the Kharkiv region and beyond ... all the territories occupied by the Russian Federation," Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar told Reuters.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters Monday that Ukrainian forces had made "significant progress" in recent days but said it's too early to make predictions.
"The Russians maintain very significant forces in Ukraine as well as equipment and arms and munitions. They continue to use it indiscriminately against not just the Ukrainian armed forces but civilians and civilian infrastructure as we've seen," Blinken said.
"As a result of the strikes, the daily losses of Ukrainian servicemen and foreign fighters exceeded 800 people killed and injured," the ministry stated.