Ukraine will fight to recover all its territory occupied by Russian forces, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday, as his troops battled street-to-street in Sievierodonetsk in one of the bloodiest land battles of the war, APA reports citing Reuters.
"We have already lost too many people to simply cede our territory," he said by video link at an event hosted by Britain's Financial Times newspaper.
Stalemate was "not an option", he said. "We have to achieve a full deoccupation of our entire territory."
Zelenskiy's remarks were a forceful response to suggestions that Ukraine must cede territory to Russia to end the war, now in its fourth month.
French President Emmanuel Macron said in a recent interview that it was important not to "humiliate" Moscow, comments interpreted in Ukraine as implying it must accept some Russian demands.
Asked about Macron's comments, Zelenskiy said: "We are not going to humiliate anyone, we are going to respond in kind."