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"Russia seeks to capture Ukraine's East & South''

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Russia seeks to capture

Russia wants to capture Ukraine's eastern and southern regions, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned.

In a video address late on Saturday, he said: "What is the goal of the Russian troops? They want to capture both Donbas and the south of Ukraine.

"What is our goal? Protect ourselves, our freedom, our land and our people."

Zelensky also praised Ukrainian forces defending the besieged southern port of Mariupol, which has been virtually wiped out by weeks of heavy Russian bombardment.

The Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities allowed Kyiv to "gain priceless time", helping to weaken Russia's military capabilities, the president said.

Earlier this week, Russia announced that it would "drastically reduce" combat operations around the capital Kyiv and the northern city of Chernihiv, and instead focus on Ukraine's eastern regions.

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