Kyiv’s leader Friday is set to address over 400 global leaders in attendance of the German conference that is opening days ahead of the Feb 24. anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s forces invading their east European neighbor.
The conference last year was heavily covered by leaders who were appealing to Moscow not to star the war in the region.
President Zelenskyy said in his nightly address that 101 people had been released from Russian captivity Thursday.
“Keeping the situation on the frontline under control and preparing for any escalation steps of the enemy is a priority for the nearest future,” he said.
“Moving forward with the further liberation of our land is a priority that we are carefully preparing,” he added.
The British Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence update on Ukraine that the Russian Defense Ministry and its private contractor have “likely suffered” 175,000 to 200,000 casualties since the beginning of the invasion.
The Defense Ministry also said, approximately 40,000 to 60,000 deaths, represent “a high ratio of personnel killed.”
In addition, the update said that the Wagner Group’s convict recruits have “probably experienced a casualty rate of up to 50%.”