Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed Tuesday to recapture areas of Ukraine currently occupied by Russian forces.
“Ukraine will regain its territory and its people,” Zelenskyy said in his late-night speech. “We will not leave anyone in the hands of the occupiers. “We are using all means to ensure that this war ends with the defeat of the occupiers.”
He also said that despite the doubts of many in the world, “Ukraine has shown that it can prevail, despite all the challenges, especially in the Black Sea region.”
Earlier Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said it destroyed three Ukrainian ships in the northern part of the Black Sea.
Russia also said it carried out an “anti-sabotage” operation near the port of Sevastopol, where its Black Sea fleet is located.
Ukraine said Tuesday that Russian strikes in two parts of the country wounded at least eight people.
In the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, Russian airstrikes and artillery fire injured four people and damaged several houses, Interior Minister Igor Klymenko said on social media.
Klymenko also said that a Russian attack in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine wounded four people.
Ukraine’s air force said its defenses shot down six drones that Russia launched from Crimea.
(Some information for this report came from Agence France-Presse and Reuters)