It notes that with the withdrawal of Russian troops from Izium in the Kharkiv region, the Kremlin has lost the most important potential refuge for an attack on the Ukrainian-controlled parts of the Donbass.
“Even Russia’s intermediate tier two goals of absorbing Donetsk and Luhansk are out of reach,” said Gould-Davies, a former British diplomat in Russia and Belarus.
“The Kremlin now faces the most difficult choice in this war. Time is not on their side,” he added.
Earlier, the White House described the progress of the Ukrainian armed forces on the front, especially in the northeast of the country, as “rapid and stunning”.
As reported by UNIAN, on September 6 The armed forces of Ukraine launched a counterattack campaign in the occupied territories of the Kharkiv region.
Ukraine’s armed forces have liberated hundreds of settlements in the Kharkiv region controlled by Russian troops, Deputy Defense Minister Hana Maliar said on Tuesday.
On the social network Facebook on Tuesday afternoon, she wrote that the number of liberated territories in the Kharkiv region is twice as large as previously announced.
“Today, during a press conference in Balaklia, I informed that 3,800 sq.m. was liberated in the Kharkiv region during the offensive operation on September 6. km [teritorija], more than 300 settlements, about 150 thousand people, – wrote H. Maliar. – These figures are confirmed taking into account stabilization measures. The actual number of liberated territories in the Kharkiv region is almost twice as high.”
She added that updated data would be published on Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, H. Maliar also noted that the counterattack operation continues and will continue until the complete liberation of the Kharkiv region.
“We will not tell all the details, we believe that it will happen as soon as possible,” added the deputy minister.
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