A dazzling breakthrough. At the beginning of September, the Ukrainian army launched a counter-offensive in the North-East and in the South to bring down the Russian army. kyiv’s military strategy is bearing fruit: Ukraine claims, this Monday, September 12, the “liberation” of some 3,000 square kilometers of territory out of the 43,000 square kilometers in the hands of the Russian army. Two essential towns were taken over: Kupyansk and Izium.
These areas have been destroyed by fighting since late February. Around Kharkiv (East) and Kherson (South), Ukrainian advances have accelerated in recent days. Nearly forty localities have now been taken over, including twenty in the last 24 hours.
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In the North-East, the reconquest of Izioum
“We are 50 kilometers from the border” Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday. At 200e day of the conflict, the Ukrainian army recaptured the strategic town of Izium, forcing the Russians to withdraw their bases, artillery and flee in haste.
In the Kharkiv region, the offensive continued on Monday morning. “The liberation of localities from Russian invaders continues in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions”the army said in its morning report.
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On Sunday, the governor of Kharkiv, Oleg Sinegoubov, affirmed “that around forty localities have already been liberated” such as the ” Chuguiv, Kupyansk and Balaklya districts”.
For its part, Russia has admitted the withdrawal of its troops. A map presented by the Russian Ministry of Defense during its daily briefing on Sunday shows a major retreat of Putin’s soldiers. They only controlled a small part of the territory, behind the Oskol river.
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On Saturday, the Russian army also announced that it had ” took of “ its forces present in the areas of Balakliïa and Izioum in order to ” gather “ near Donetsk, one of the capitals of the pro-Russian separatists, further south.
“Several liberated localities” in southern Ukraine
The Ukrainian counter-offensive, before being extremely effective in the East, began in the South, near Kherson. According to Zelensky’s army, “the occupiers also withdrew from their positions in several localities”.
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According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), based in Washington, Ukrainian units advanced in places to a depth “70 kilometers” and resumed in five days “more territory than the Russians have conquered in all their operations since April”.
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