Ukrainian forces, which continued its counteroffensive against Russian forces on Monday, captured “more than 20 areas” in 24 hours, adding to the territorial gains to the reconquest of Izium and Koupiansk, two logistics centers in the Kharkov region (East ), announced the General Staff of Ukraine.
“(Regional) generalization and stabilization measures are being promoted.”he said on Monday morning.
After 201 days of conflict, Moscow conceded an army retreat, leaving behind thousands of Russian soldiers and large amounts of ammunition and equipment.
A pro-Russian official in the Kharkov region, Vitaly Ganchev, told state broadcaster Russia 24 on Monday that Ukrainian forces, which launched a lightning counteroffensive last week, had vastly outnumbered Russian forces and their allies by 8 to 1.
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Yet the battle continues. The Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday airstrikes on Ukrainian positions in the Kharkiv region.
The Russian military fired a missile at the power plant on Sunday, causing widespread power outages in the Kharkov, Poltava and Sumy regions.
“Russian occupiers attacked the city of Kharkov and the region’s strategic infrastructure.”Kharkov Governor Oleg Sinekhubov told Telegram. “In some city centers, there is no water or electricity anymore. Fires have started where these strikes occurred.”
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Kyiv has condemned reprisals targeting civilians after the Ukrainian military’s territorial breach. Russian officials say they are not targeting civilians as part of a “special operation” launched on February 24.
A Reuters reporter said power was restored in Kharkiv on Monday morning, but there was still no running water in the city.
The local governor reported that 80% of the power grid has been restored.
According to the British Ministry of Defense, Moscow has ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the entire Kharkov region west of the Oskir River, a tributary of the Donets, effectively cutting off the main supply route for troops stationed in eastern Ukraine. abandoned.
Ukrainian officials claim the decline is more significant. General staff said the Russians had evacuated from Svatove in Luhansk province, about 20 kilometers east of Oskir.
Reuters was unable to verify this information.
London added that Russian forces were having trouble getting supplies to the southern front lines. Ukrainian forces continued to advance slowly and deeply to isolate thousands of Russian soldiers on the west bank of the Dnieper (Dnipro in Ukrainian).
“The Ukrainian military’s rapid success has important implications for Russia’s operational planning. Most of the Russian military will have to prioritize urgent defensive actions,” the British military said.
Russian forces have suffered the biggest setback since the aborted offensive against Kyiv in March.
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“We must win this war”
The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, General Valery Zardini, said on Sunday that his troops had regained control of some 3,000 km2 of territory since the beginning of September and had advanced up to 50 km from the Russian border.
The head of the pro-Russian government in the Donetsk region, Denis Pushirin, admitted in a Telegram on Sunday evening that the situation was difficult for the Russian army.
“Nevertheless, I was able to stop the enemy with Lyman.”a city east of Isioom, he wrote. “We’ll see how everything develops, but our boys are having success.”he added, also referring to the situation in Bahmout and Vowreder further south.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has not spoken publicly since the already six-month conflict was reversed, but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with journalists on Monday: He assured me that Russia would reach his point of view. “Target”.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday presented a Russian operation to withdraw from the neighboring regions of Izium and Balakriya. “grouping” For aggressive actions in the Donetsk region.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday condemned some of the Russian authorities. “Intimidation, restrictions and sanctions against those who express opposition to the war in Ukraine.”.
“This war in Ukraine must be won! The Nazi regime must be liquidated.”said a commentator during a debate on the Russian television channel NTV.
“And how long will this last? Will my ten-year-old be called to fight?”answered another speaker.