Ukrainian forces are advancing into the Kharkiv area, pushing again the Russian line, according to the U.Ok. Protection Ministry on social media.

The territory within the east of the nation was captured early on within the invasion, however a Ukrainian counterattack launched earlier within the week is driving into Russian-held territory.

The British navy writes that the assault has penetrated 50 kilometers into what had been the Russian front-lines. “Russian forces had been seemingly taken unexpectedly. The sector was solely frivolously held and Ukrainian models have captured or surrounded a number of cities,” the ministry mentioned.

In accordance with Ukraine’s official protection ministry twitter account: “Armed Forces have liberated and took management of greater than 30 localities within the Kharkiv area.”

Amid the sudden success of the counterstrike, footage has emerged of Ukrainian residents in previously occupied areas greeting the advancing troops as liberators.

The Washington-based suppose tank Institute for the Examine of Conflict estimates that the offensive has resulted within the seize of two,500 sq. kilometers as of September 9.

The counterattack marks the most important involuntary reversal on the a part of the Russian navy within the battle thus far. In accordance with the U.Ok. Protection Ministry it might result in even larger features for the Ukrainian forces.

“A Russian power round Izium is probably going more and more remoted. Ukrainian models are actually threatening the city of Kupiansk; its seize could be a big blow to Russia as a result of it sits on provide routes to the Donbas entrance line,” the ministry mentioned.

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