Ukrainian military forces this month recaptured 3,000 square kilometers of territory occupied by Russia, the country’s top military commander said on Sunday.
“In the direction of Kharkiv, we began to advance not only to the south and east, but also to the north,” General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said on Telegram. “Since the beginning of September, more than 3,000 square kilometers have returned to Ukrainian control.”
Ukrainian forces are now about 50 kilometers from the Russian border, Zaluzhnyi added.
An assessment by British intelligence has confirmed that Ukraine’s military counter-offensive in the east of the country is progressing and making “significant” progress.
“Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian forces have continued to make significant gains in the Kharkiv region,” the UK Ministry of Defense said. said on Twitter Sunday. “Russia has probably withdrawn units from the area, but fighting continues around the strategically important towns of Kupiansk and Izium,” he said.
The towns of Balakliia, Kupiansk and Izyum are essential for the supply and logistics of the Russian forces based in the eastern region of Donbass.
Following this counter-offensive, Russia decided to relocate troops to the Donetsk region.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that “it was decided to consolidate Russian forces stationed near Balakleya and Izyum to strengthen efforts in the direction of Donetsk,” the agency reported. Russian press Tass. The leader of the separatist Donetsk Republic also said that “the situation on the front line is tense but under control” and acknowledged that the troops were advancing with difficulty.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday winter could be “a turning point” in the war and “lead to the rapid disoccupation of Ukraine”.
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