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Street battles in Severodonetsk; Zelensky says Russia holds 20% of Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said June 1 that Ukraine gave assurances it will not use long-range U.S. weapons systems against targets in Russian territory. (Video: Reuters)
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Ukraine is suffering significant setbacks in parts of the east, amid grueling street-by-street battles in the key city of Severodonetsk, with the British Defense Ministry saying most of the city is in Russian hands. After nearly 100 days of fighting, Russian forces control 20 percent of Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a speech to the Luxembourg parliament.

Ukraine may face a long war of attrition with Russia, and its allies need to find a way to make their support “sustainable” over the long term, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.