of Ukraine the armed forces managed to recover 3 thousand in a week. square kilometers of territory, the commander of the armed forces Valerijus Zalužnas announced on Sunday. After breaking through the front, the Russian army left the territory in a few days, which took three months and thousands of casualties to capture.
After Balaklaya, Russian troops withdrew from Kupyansk and Izium, where the occupation administration of the Kharkiv region and the headquarters of the group advancing from the north into Donbass were located. On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry called the actions “distracting activities” and a planned withdrawal of troops.
However, this hardly satisfies Russian President V. Putin. He postponed meetings with the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and representatives of the military-industrial complex – these meetings “shift to the right” on the president’s agenda, said his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“As the special military operation develops, certain experiences are gained that need to be discussed,” he clarified, adding that these meetings are necessary. However, D. Peskov did not name their new date, RIA Novosti reported.
The withdrawal of Russian troops from Izium and Kupyansk is a “total disaster”, said St. Phillips O’Brien, professor of strategic studies at St. Andrew’s University.
“There were probably more troops deployed to the battles for Donbass than anywhere else, and now they don’t seem to be able to sustain anything,” explained Ph. O’Brien.
“Referendums” on the annexation of the occupied territories of Ukraine had to be postponed indefinitely due to the military fiasco, Meduza quoted sources close to the presidential administration.
Referendums, which were originally scheduled for May, then moved to September and then postponed until November, have been hit by a stop signal, one of the publication’s sources said.
According to another source, political technologists sent to the Kharkiv and Zaporizhia regions to prepare for the votes were “instructed to return home,” a Meduza source said. However, Russian political technologists who are preparing “referendums” in the Kherson region are staying put for now.
After the successful counterattack, the Ukrainians will now face “their own logistical problems: they will have to supply all the units scattered throughout the territory” captured during the offensive in the Kharkiv region, said Ph. O’Brien.
“However, the Russians will have problems stabilizing the front line,” he continued. “So the situation will be chaotic for a while until a new frontline begins to emerge.”
The Armed Forces of Ukraine announced early on Monday that in the last 24 hours more than 20 settlements were recovered.
“The liberation of territories occupied by Russia continues in the Donetsk and Kharkiv regions,” the statement of the General Staff of the Armed Forces said. It adds that, among other things, two urban-type settlements Velikij Burliuk and Dvoryčna have been liberated in the Kharkiv region.
Under intense pressure from recent offensive operations by Ukrainian troops, the Russian Defense Ministry announced over the weekend that it was withdrawing troops from the Kharkiv region. Nevertheless, the ministry claimed that this was being done to carry out a strategic “regrouping” of units.
On Sunday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that his country’s forces had recaptured the strategically important city of Izium. Later, videos showing Ukrainian soldiers raising the national flag on buildings went viral on social media.
According to the General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces, Russian troops have also withdrawn from the small town of Svatov in the Luhansk region, but units linked to pro-Russian separatists continue to operate there.
“In the face of Ukraine’s gains, Russia may have ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the entire Kharkiv area, west of the Oskil River,” according to a British (UK) intelligence briefing released on Monday, which added that Ukrainian troops have so far retaken at least twice the size of Greater London.
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