Ukrainian forces, which continued its counteroffensive against Russian forces on Monday, captured “more than 20 areas” in 24 hours, adding to the reconquest of Izium and Koupyansk, two logistics centers in the Kharkov region (East ), announced the General Staff of Ukraine.
“We are proceeding with (local) full control and stabilization measures,” a Ukrainian war official said Monday morning. After 201 days of conflict, Moscow admitted military retreatthousands of Russian soldiers retreated and left behind Large inventory 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 blitzkrieg counterattack last week, have vastly outnumbered Russian forces and their allies by 8 to 1. said.
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.
“The Russian occupiers attacked the strategic infrastructure of the city and region of Kharkiv,” Kharkiv Governor Oleg Sinekhubov said in Telegram. “In some city centers, there is no water or electricity anymore. Fires have started where these strikes occurred.”
Mass withdrawal of Russia
Kyiv has condemned reprisals targeting civilians after an invasion of its territory by Ukrainian forces. 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 his 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Ukrainian authorities claims the decrease is more pronounced : According to the General Staff, Russian troops have withdrawn from Svatove in Luhansk province, about 20 kilometers east of Oskir.
London adds Russian troops Struggling to get supplies to the front lines in the south, Ukrainian forces continued to advance slowly and deep to isolate thousands of Russian troops on the west bank of the Dnieper (Dnipro in Ukrainian).
“The Ukrainian military’s rapid success has important implications for Russia’s operational planning, forcing most of the Russian military to prioritize urgent defensive actions,” the British military said.
Russian forces have suffered the biggest setback since the failed attack on Kyiv in March.
The offensive will continue “until the objective is achieved”
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, we were able to stop the enemy at Lyman,” a town east of Idioum, he wrote. The boys have achieved success to their credit,” he added, referring to the situation further south in Bachmaut and Voleder.
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: Russia vowed to achieve her goal.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the special military operation would continue until the originally set goals were “achieved.” He also felt that there was currently “no prospect of negotiations” between Moscow and Kyiv.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday announced the withdrawal from the neighboring towns of Izium and Balakria as part of a “regrouping” operation for offensive operations in the Donetsk region.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday condemned the Russian authorities’ “intimidation, restrictive measures and sanctions against those expressing opposition to the war in Ukraine”.
During a debate on Russian TV station NTV, a commentator said: “This war in Ukraine must be won! The Nazi regime must be liquidated.” “And how long will it last? Will my ten-year-olds be asked to fight?” another speaker replied.