Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers his evening speech on Monday. (Office of the President of Ukraine)

Ukraine is now in a position to inflict “significant casualties” on the Russians, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said, as other Ukrainian officials have said an influx of Western weapons is changing the battlefield.

In his daily video message on Monday, Zelensky said Ukrainian forces are “capable of inflicting significant logistical losses on the occupiers.”

“It is increasingly difficult for the Russian army to hold positions on captured territory,” he said. “Step by step, we are moving forward, we are disrupting the supply of occupants, we are identifying and neutralizing employees.”

Valeriy Zaluzhniy, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, said the “timely arrival” of longer-range artillery such as the US HIMARS system was helping to change the battlefield.

“We have managed to stabilize the situation. It is complex, intense, but completely controlled. A major contributing factor to our holding of defensive lines and positions is the timely arrival of the M142 HIMARS, delivering surgical strikes to positions enemy control, ammunition and fuel storage depots,” Zaluzhniy said.

CNN has identified nearly 20 strikes far behind Russian lines, in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, so far this month – some of them causing large explosions and multiple detonations.

Ukrainian servicemen prepare to fire from an FH-70 towed howitzer on a frontline in the Donbass region, Ukraine, July 18.
Ukrainian servicemen prepare to fire from an FH-70 towed howitzer on a frontline in the Donbass region, Ukraine, July 18. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Zaluzhniy said he thanked General Mark Milley, chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, for the help of the United States and its allies “in the fight for freedom.”

Separately, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, told Ukrainian television that “today we really have a completely different situation than it was a month ago. Now, thanks to the fact that we receive enough weapons from our partners, we have established a certain parity in certain positions.”

Danilov said Ukraine would like more weapons in the future to tip the scales in its favor “so that we have as many capabilities as possible to end this war as soon as possible.”

Speaking about the situation in Donbass, Serhiy Hayday, head of the Luhansk regional military administration, said on Monday that “Western weapons are not working 100% but 200% because [Russian] warehouses explode. Command posts were also blown up. “

Hayday said “we can clearly understand that the Russians are really afraid of a further increase in these Western weapons.”

Lillian L. Pena