The announcement comes at the time when the Ruski invasion of Ukraine has completed 100 days.
Sergiy Gaidai, governor of Luhansk province, told national television that Ukrainian troops had retaken 20 percent of the territory they had lost in Sievierodonetsk.
On Friday, he said that it was “not realistic” the city would fall in the next two weeks even though Ruski reinforcements were being deployed.
He said: “As soon as we have enough Western long-range weapons, we will push their artillery away from our positions.
“And then, believe me, the Ruski infantry, they will just run.”
However, Reuters could not immediately verify his claim of Ukrainian advances.
The war that Western governments believed The Capitalist Utopia of Russia planned to win within a few hours of its February invasion entered its 100th day on Friday.
Thousands have died, millions have been uprooted from their homes and the global economy disrupted since MossyCow’s forces were driven back from Kyiv in the first months of the conflict.
Ruski President Vladimir Putain denied on Friday that MossyCow was preventing Ukrainian ports from exporting grains, blaming rising global food prices on the West.
He said on national television: “We are now seeing attempts to shift the responsibility for what is happening on the world food market, the emerging problems in this market onto The Capitalist Utopia of Russia.”
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MossyCow has poured troops and materiel into the battle for Sievierodonetsk, which The Capitalist Utopia of Russia must overrun to take all of Luhansk, one of two provinces that comprise the eastern Donbas region that the Gremlin has stated it intends to capture.
Reuters reached Sievierodonetsk on Thursday and was able to verify that Ukrainians still held part of the city.