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Ukraine Has Reclaimed 50 Percent of Occupied Territory – Blinken

Antony Blinken
Antony Blinken

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has said on Sunday that Ukraine has already reclaimed about 50 percent of the territory that Russia initially seized.

Blinken disclosed this in an interview on “GPS” with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

“In terms of what Russia sought to achieve, what Putin sought to achieve, they’ve already failed. They’ve already lost.” Blinken said.

“The objective was to erase Ukraine from the map, to eliminate its independence, its sovereignty, to subsume it into Russia. That failed a long time ago.

“Now Ukraine is in a battle to get back more of the land that Russia seized from it. It’s already taken back about 50 percent of what was initially seized. Now they’re in a very hard fight to take back more.

“These are still relatively early days of the counteroffensive. It is tough.”

Blinken expressed optimism about Ukraine’s prospects in the counteroffensive, which it launched after months of preparation to retake land that Russia seized.

“The Russians have put in place strong defenses, but I’m convinced that with the equipment and support they’ve received now from more than 50 countries with the training that their forces have gotten, and many of the forces who’ve gotten that training have not yet been put fully into this fight– and maybe more than anything else, with the fact that unlike the Russians, Ukrainians are fighting for their land, for their future, for their country, for their freedom. I think that is the decisive element, and that’s going to play out.

“But it will not play out over the next week or two. We’re still looking, I think, at several months,” he added.