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VOlodymyr Zelensky said Friday night that although the Ukrainians are doing everything they can to expel the Russians, “no one today can predict how long this war will last.”

“Unfortunately, this will not just depend on our people, who are already giving the maximum,” he said in his overnight video address to the nation. “This will depend on our partners, on European countries, on the entire free world.”

He said he was grateful to everyone who is working to strengthen sanctions against Russia and increase military and financial support to Ukraine. “This is the only recipe for protecting freedom in the face of the Russian invasion. And for Western countries, this is not just a cost. This is not about accounting, it is about the future.”

Zelensky said Ukraine shot down the 200th Russian plane of the war on Friday and noted Russia’s heavy losses in tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones.

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