Ukrainian forces regained control of an area of land in Kharkiv region As the counterattack against Russian forces continues, a map purportedly depicting the “liberation” of seven cities has been shared on social media.
American think tank Institute for the Study of War [ISW] He said Ukraine captured up to 150 square miles in the eastern region on Tuesday and Wednesday, and advanced at least 13 miles deep into Russian-controlled territory north of Izyum toward Kobyanskysk.
The gains come in the wake of Russia sending troops to counter the Ukrainian offensive in the southern Kherson region, whose Russian-occupied capital is a strategic prize for both sides.
president Volodymyr Zelensky “This week we have good news from the Kharkiv region,” he said in his evening speech on Wednesday, adding that “every citizen feels proud of our warriors.”
He said that the more Russia incurs losses, “the more reliable the defense of Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv and the cities of the Dnipropetrovsk region” and that “the faster we will be able to liberate the Azov region and the whole south.”
While he praised his country’s 25th Airborne Brigade, 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade and 80th Airborne Brigade, he did not mention which settlements had been retaken, in keeping with Ukraine’s secrecy on the counterattack.
The letter, addressed to nearly 150,000 followers, stated that Ukrainian forces “continued to advance in Kharkiv.” [region] And they liberated the following settlements: Semenivka, Volokhiv Yar, Vovshi Yar, Kalinivka, Yakovnikov, Perak and Nova Husarevka. ”
And she said in a follow-up tweet on Twitter, “The Russian forces took control of the Kudima settlement, southeast of Bakhmut.”
NEWSWEEK I contacted the Russian Ministry of Defense for comment.
The region’s governor, Oleh Sinihopov, said that despite the gains announced by Ukrainian forces, the city of Kharkiv was the scene of a Russian bombing that left two people dead and five wounded. telegram channel.
Meanwhile, three bodies were recovered from a building that had been bombed by Russian forces in Sloviansk, also in the east.
In its daily update, the British Ministry of Defense He said on Thursday Ukrainian forces likely destroyed a military pontoon bridge at Darivka, a crossing point along the Dnieper River near Kherson. She added that Ukraine had managed to “pressure the Russian forces as they try to contain the Ukrainian attacks.”
city police Anthony Blinken He made a surprise trip to Kyiv on Thursday as the United States revealed nearly $2.7 billion in new military support for Ukraine.
Blinkin met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and visited a children’s hospital where the wounded from Russian bombing were treated.