Zelenskiy noted that 400 days have passed since the start of the invasion on February 24, 2022, and said Ukraine has come a "colossal way" through its struggle, citing the recapture of areas of the Kharkiv region and the city of Kherson, along with the ongoing defense of the eastern city of Bakhmut and the Donbas region in general, RFE/RL freports.
"This is the heroism of Ukrainians, which the world will not forget," he said. "We are preparing our next steps, we are preparing our active actions, approaching victory.... We will not leave a single trace of Russia on our land, and we will not leave any enemy unpunished."
Ukrainian military commanders have said a counteroffensive is not far off, but Zelenskiy indicated earlier this week that Kyiv is still waiting on "sufficient weapons" before mounting any major attacks.
The Ukrainian military said earlier on March 30 that its forces held their ground on the eastern front, repelling dozens of attacks in and around Bakhmut, the city in the Donetsk region that has been the focal point of Russia's offensive over the past several months, and called for the West to give it modern warplanes.