KYIV - Ukraine has already lost 40% of its metallurgical industry due to the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian steel producers federation said on Tuesday.

"After de-occupation, it will be impossible to reopen these enterprises," federation head Serhii Bilenky told a televised briefing.

Before the Russian invasion Ukraine was traditionally one of the world's largest producers and exporters of steel and steel product.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Louise Heavens)