Kremlin: Russia will continue “special military operation” until it achieves its goals

“The special military operation continues and will continue until the initial goals are achieved,” a Kremlin spokesman told reporters. Dmitry Peskov and added that Moscow currently “does not see” opportunities to sit down at the joint peace negotiation table with Kyiv.

Russia said on Monday that its forces were attacking parts of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region that had been retaken by Kyiv forces in recent days.

In its daily statement, the Defense Ministry said that Russian air, missile and artillery forces were “delivering precision strikes on units and reserves of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” including in Kupyansk and Izyum.

In recent days, there have been reports of a lightning counterattack by Ukraine in the Kharkiv region and liberated territories and a string of cities. Ukraine has officially confirmed it has recaptured the strategically important Izium in the south of the Kharkiv region and Kupyansk in the north near the Russian border, recapturing more than 20 settlements in the past 24 hours alone.

For its part, Russia announced on Saturday that it was withdrawing its troops from strategic cities in the south of the Kharkiv region after the successful attack on Ukraine. Officially, Moscow justified the withdrawal by saying that it was seeking to strengthen units in the neighboring Donetsk region. However, many experts believe that due to the recent Ukrainian breakthrough in the Kharkiv region, the Russians were under such great pressure that they decided to flee.

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