Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked all “tough and brave” soldiers who fought the Russian invasion on Father’s Day and said he hoped all fathers would eventually return from the front.
“Thank you to every Ukrainian father, thank you to every Ukrainian family, thank you to our strong and brave soldiers who defended Ukraine’s independence and fought for the lives of Ukraine!” said Vladimir Zelensky. The leader posted a video of United24, a government-sponsored fundraiser, showing Ukrainian soldiers hugging children as they return from their homes, saying: “I wish our fathers long and healthy lives. Every father who is on the front line goes home.”
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry said its forces had repelled a series of attacks in three areas on Ukraine’s front. Moscow said Ukrainian pressure was most active in the Zaporozhye region, but did not mention the Piatykhatky settlement in Zaporozhye region, which a Russian official earlier said was occupied by Ukraine.
Ukraine launched a counteroffensive earlier this month to retake territory from Russian forces, while U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged Kiev’s allies to “dig deep” to deliver more weapons and ammunition.