Ukraine’s Armed Forces have liberated more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages so far that fell under the control of Russian invasion forces, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation on July 2.
Another 2,600 locations are still under Russian occupation, Zelenskyy said.
“We’ve managed to liberate 1,027 towns and villages, while 2,610 more still live under the occupation, with hundreds of them having been completely ruined by the Russian army,” Zelenskyy said.
Moreover, the Russians have attacked dozens of Ukrainian-held cities and towns with rockets and missiles, damaging local property and killing civilians.
In Ukraine’s south, Russian occupation forces have been trying to cement their control, organizing pseudo-referendums, distributing Russian passports and introducing Russian currency for commercial use. So far, this has been unsuccessful, since Ukrainians living there refuse to recognize the Russian occupation politically.
Russia has had to deploy its own bureaucracy to occupied regions of Ukraine in order to make an attempt to organize the life of civilians, including utility services and transportation. However, the orders of the occupation administrations are largely ignored.
Some cities, towns and villages have collaborators – Ukrainian citizens who accept various roles in occupation administrations. According to the Ukrainian law, this is a state treason. Ukrainian partisans are putting pressure on the collaborators, while putting their own lives at risk.