Russia loses control of key towns as Ukrainian forces advance

by | Sep 10, 2022 | World

Moscow has abandoned its main bastion in northeastern Ukraine, in a sudden collapse of one of the war’s principal front lines after Ukrainian forces made a rapid advance.The swift fall of Izyum in Kharkiv province on Saturday was Moscow’s worst defeat since its troops were forced back from the capital Kyiv in March.
This could prove a pivotal moment in the six-month-old war, with thousands of Russian soldiers abandoning ammunition stockpiles and equipment as they fled.
Russian forces used Izyum as the logistics base for one of their main campaigns – a months-long assault from the north on the adjacent Donbas region comprising Donetsk and Luhansk.
The state-run TASS news agency quoted Russia’s defence ministry as saying it had ordered troops to leave the vicinity and reinforce operations elsewhere in neighbouring Donetsk.
The head of Russia’s administration in Kharkiv told residents to evacuate the province and flee to Russia to “save lives”, TASS reported. Witnesses described traffic jams of cars with people leaving Russian-held territory.
Ukrainian troops captured the city of Kupiansk, a railway hub [Press Service of the State Security Service of Ukraine/Handout via Reuters]
Zelensyy says 2000sq km retaken
The Russian withdrawal was heralded by Ukrainian leaders.
“The Russian army these days is demonstrating its best ability – to show its back,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address Saturday evening.
Ukraine’s armed forces have liberated about 2,000 square kilometres (770 square miles) of territory since a counter-offensive against …

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