Ukraine Says It Pushed Back Russian Forces, Reclaimed Territory

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Ukraine claimed on Monday that it had recaptured several more villages in the country’s northeastern part, prompting some Russian forces to withdraw to the border between the two countries.

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After months of only incremental territorial gains and losses by the forces of Kyiv and Moscow, Ukrainian leaders made sudden progress since the beginning of September in the Kharkiv region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address to the nation on Monday that Ukrainian forces have retaken more than 6,000 square kilometers of territory since the attack that began this month.


“The movement of our troops is on,” he said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken cited both the support of the United States and other allies and the “extraordinary courage and resilience of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Ukrainian people,” saying “significant progress has been made by the Ukrainians, especially in the Northeast.” ,

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“It’s still early days,” Blinken said. “So, I think it would be wrong to predict where it will go, when it will get there and how it will get there.”

A Ukrainian military vehicle drives on a road in a free zone in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, September 12, 2022. Ukrainian troops withdrew a wide area from Russia on Monday, pushing back the northeastern border in some places. ,

The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged over the weekend that it was pulling forces back, saying it was regrouping them in the eastern Donetsk region.

“In some areas of the front, our defenders reached the state border with the Russian Federation,” said Ukrainian governor of the Northeast Kharkiv region, Oleh Sinihubov, as the Russian troops retreated chaotically.

“The Russians were here in the morning. Then in the afternoon, they suddenly started screaming wildly and charging into tanks and armored vehicles,” Dmitry Hrushchenko, a resident of the recently liberated Zaliznichne, a small town near the Eastern Front Line, told Sky News.

“making process”

The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said on Monday that its troops had recaptured more than 20 settlements in the past day. The British Defense Ministry stated that, in recent days, Kyiv’s forces had reclaimed an area at least the size of the London metropolitan area.

A senior US military official said on Monday that Ukrainians are “making progress” in their efforts to reclaim territory in the south and east and that Russian forces around Kharkiv have handed over land to Ukraine.

The official said the Russian pullback was a “signal” of morale issues, among other factors, and added that Ukraine presented the Russian military with “many dilemmas”. According to the official, several Russian forces, which have handed over the land, have moved across the border into Russia.

Analysts say the war is likely to continue into 2023, but the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said on Monday that “Ukraine has turned the tide of this war through the effective use of long-term Western-supplied weapons.” have changed in favor” -range HIMARS missile systems and strategic battlefield maneuvers. “Kyiv will likely determine the location and nature of major battles.”

A Ukrainian soldier helps a wounded fellow soldier on the street in the Free Zone in Kharkiv Territory, Ukraine, September 12, 2022.

A Ukrainian soldier helps a wounded fellow soldier on the street in the Free Zone in Kharkiv Territory, Ukraine, September 12, 2022.

In Kharkiv, Ukrainian officials said electricity and water cut off by Russia had been restored to about 80% of the region’s population.

In Russia, some complaints were also raised on state-controlled television, even about the setbacks that its military was suffering.

“People who celebrate the President [Vladimir] Putin said the operation would be fast and effective … These people really set us all up,” former Member of Parliament Boris Nadezhdin said on the NTV television talk show. “We are now at the point where we have to understand that it is absolutely impossible to defeat Ukraine using these resources and colonial war methods.”

death, destruction continues

But the death toll in the war continued to rise, with Ukraine’s presidential office reporting that at least four civilians were killed, and 11 others wounded, in a series of Russian attacks in nine regions of the country. A regional police chief said that even in liberated Kharkiv, a police station in the city center was hit by a missile, a portion of which caught fire and killed one person.

Russia also opened fire on Nikopol across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, damaging several buildings there. The last operational reactor at that plant has been shut down to prevent radiation leakage.

Some information in this report has been obtained from The Associated Press.


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