• Between 60 to 100 Ukrainian soldiers are killed in action every day in Russia's invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says
  • East Ukraine and areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are experiencing "the most difficult situation"
  • Zelensky said he believes his countrymen "are holding our defensive perimeter"

Up to a hundred of Ukraine's soldiers die every day as a result of Russia's ongoing invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed as Friday marks the 100th day of the conflict.

"The situation is very difficult; we're losing 60 to 100 soldiers per day as killed in action and something around 500 people as wounded in action," the head of state said in an interview with Newsmax.

East Ukraine and the southern areas of the partially Russian-occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk are currently experiencing "the most difficult situation," according to Zelensky.

Despite the losses, Zelensky said that his countrymen "are holding our defensive perimeters" and that Russian President Vladimir Putin no longer has any chance of winning the war as "he's almost isolated."

The official also said he believes that Ukraine and its people have become the "strong defensive perimeter" for the world against Putin's aggression and global ambitions.

"We have to realize who is the dark power: it's Russia. And Russia is not going to stop in Ukraine, for sure. And the other countries, the former Republics of [the] USSR and the members of the EU - or some of them are already NATO member nations - they're already under threat," Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian leader went on to point out his Russian counterpart's "weakness."

"Attempting to kill the leader of this or that country is a weakness, I would say. If you can’t talk, then it’s a weakness. The weakness is to start the war, and they’ve already demonstrated there is weakness. If you can’t occupy that country, that’s a weakness. And simultaneously, if you would like something to happen to the family of the other country’s leader then that’s a political inability to do anything," Zelensky said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) talks with servicemen during his visit to the Kharkiv region
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) talks with servicemen during his visit to the Kharkiv region Ukrainian presidential press-service via AFP / STR

Ukrainian forces killed in Russia's invasion numbered between 2,500 and 3,000 as of mid-April, officials said.

U.S. intelligence agencies estimated that the figure was between 5,500 to 11,000 at around that point.

In contrast, Russia suffered around 30,500 combat losses among its personnel between the start of the invasion on Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Ukraine's Ministry of Defence said in its most recent casualty report.

Russian losses also included 1,358 tanks, 3,302 armored fighting vehicles, 208 aircraft and 174 helicopters, the report said.