Russia-Ukraine War: Russian forces on Saturday abandoned a main stronghold in northeastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on Saturday evening, “The Russian military is doing its best these days – to show its back.” He said Ukraine’s armed forces had liberated some 2,000 square kilometers (770 sq mi) of territory since retaliation against Russia earlier this month. So is the Russian army really withdrawing from Ukraine and Putin losing the war?
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The withdrawal of Russian forces from Izium in Kharkiv province was Moscow’s worst defeat since the withdrawal of its troops from the capital Kyiv in March. This could prove to be a turning point in this 6-month-old war, in which thousands of Russian soldiers left behind ammunition and equipment as they fled. Zelensky said that Ukraine’s armed forces are advancing in various areas on the front.
Ukraine’s spirits up
Ukrainian officials declined to confirm that they had recaptured Izium, but Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andrey Yermak, posted a photo of soldiers on its outskirts and tweeted an emoji of grapes. The name of the city means “raisins.”
Yermak later wrote on Twitter: “The Russian army is claiming the title of the fastest army in the world…keep running!”
Russian army flees from Kupiyansk, raises Ukrainian flag
The announcement of the Russian withdrawal came hours after Ukrainian troops moved north to capture the city of Kupiansk, the only railway hub that supplies Russia’s entire front line in northeastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials posted pictures of their soldiers in the early hours of Saturday, waving the country’s blue-yellow flag in front of the city hall of Kupiyansk.
Withdrawal of Russian troops from Donbass-Donetsk and Luhansk also
The Russian army used Izium as a logistics base for one of its main operations – the Donbass region adjacent to Donetsk and Luhansk was attacked from the north. The TASS news agency quoted Russia’s defense ministry as saying it had ordered troops to leave the surrounding area and strengthen operations elsewhere in neighboring Donetsk.
TASS reported that the head of Russia’s administration in Kharkiv had asked residents to evacuate the province and flee to Russia to “save lives”. Witnesses described a traffic jam of cars in which people were fleeing the Russian-held territory.
Balaklia and Izium were also liberated
TASS quoted the Ministry of Defense of Russia as saying, “In order to achieve the stated goals of the Special Military Operation for the liberation of Donbass, the regrouping of Russian troops located in the districts of Balaklia and Izyum is aimed at increasing efforts in the Donetsk direction.” It was decided to do so.”
In Harakov, one of dozens of villages recaptured by the Ukrainian advance, Reuters reported burning vehicles bearing the “Z” symbol of the Russian invasion. Ammunition boxes were strewn with rubbish at the apparently hastily abandoned places by the Russians.
“Hello everyone, we are from Russia,” was spray-painted on one wall. Three bodies were lying in a white body bag in a yard. The Russian army had left Balaklia a few days earlier.
Russia also agreed – the army withdrew from Kharkiv
After maintaining silence, Russia has also admitted that its forces have withdrawn from the area southeast of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. In such a situation, this strategically important area has been occupied by the Ukrainian army. Due to this the danger of enemy attack on Kharkiv has also been reduced considerably.
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