The President of Ukraine said on Monday that Kyiv managed to protect the country’s independence during the eight-month war waged by Russia.

In his nightly address, Uladzimir Zelensky marked the eighth anniversary of the invasion and noted that Ukrainian troops are advancing in the partially occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv and Kherson regions, and intend to return the Zaporozhye region and the annexed Crimea.