Ukrainian forces are advancing into the Kharkiv area, pushing again the Russian line, according to the U.Okay. Protection Ministry on social media.
The territory within the east of the nation was captured early on within the invasion, however a Ukrainian counterattack launched earlier within the week is driving into Russian-held territory.
The British army writes that the assault has penetrated 50 kilometers into what had been the Russian front-lines. “Russian forces have been seemingly taken abruptly. The sector was solely flippantly held and Ukrainian models have captured or surrounded a number of cities,” the ministry mentioned.
Based on Ukraine’s official protection ministry twitter account: “Armed Forces have liberated and took management of greater than 30 localities within the Kharkiv area.”
Amid the surprising success of the counterstrike, footage has emerged of Ukrainian residents in previously occupied areas greeting the advancing troops as liberators.
The Washington-based assume tank Institute for the Examine of Struggle estimates that the offensive has resulted within the seize of two,500 sq. kilometers as of September 9.
The counterattack marks the largest involuntary reversal on the a part of the Russian army within the battle to this point. Based on the U.Okay. Protection Ministry it might result in even larger beneficial properties for the Ukrainian forces.
“A Russian pressure round Izium is probably going more and more remoted. Ukrainian models are actually threatening the city of Kupiansk; its seize could be a major blow to Russia as a result of it sits on provide routes to the Donbas entrance line,” the ministry mentioned.