Ukraine marks 600 days of war as Russian assault wears on
Ukraine on Monday marked 600 days since the start of Russia's invasion, as the bloodshed stretches on with no clear end in sight.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky commemorated "600 days of defiance" in a post on X Monday.
- "I thank everyone who is fighting and working for Ukraine's freedom," he said. "May the memory of everyone who gave their lives to preserve our nation be eternal and blessed.
- "We will undoubtedly prevail," he added.
State of play: Zelensky has acknowledged that the counteroffensive has progressed more slowly than he'd like, noting that it further highlights the need for Western military equipment.
- Zelensky confirmed on Tuesday the first known usage of U.S.-supplied ATACMS missiles against Russian forces. "Today I am especially grateful to the United States," Zelensky said.
- The U.S. reportedly secretly sent a "small number" of the long-range guided missiles in recent days," the Wall Street Journal reported.
Zoom out: A successful counteroffensive by Ukraine would make it easier to reach a negotiated settlement in the war, but also ramps up concerns that Russia could turn to its nuclear arsenal.
- At the UN General Assembly last month, Zelensky reiterated warnings that Russia had committed genocide in Ukraine.
- U.S. aid for Ukraine, meanwhile, has become mired in political opposition from Republicans.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional developments.