Ukraine’s Zelenskyy calls for European unity; Russian reservists suffer heavy losses

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Ukrainian soldiers are seen in a tank as the British Ministry of Defense says Russian reservists are likely to have suffered heavy casualties.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday urged Europe to remain united in the face of Russia’s ongoing war, calling it “mission number one” for the region this year.

“There is no division, there is no schism among Europeans and we have to preserve this,” he said via video link to a conference in Lithuania.

It comes as Britain’s Ministry of Defense said it was “highly likely” Russian reservists had suffered heavy casualties in Ukraine, two months after they were mobilized to fight by President Vladimir Putin.

“The Kremlin is likely to be concerned that a growing number of reservists’ families are prepared to risk arrest by protesting the conditions in which their relatives are serving,” it said in its daily update on Friday.

Meanwhile, about 70% of the Kyiv regional government remains without electricity, the head of the regional government said.

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