Ukraine troops ‘outnumbered Russia’s 8 times’ in counterattack

by | Sep 12, 2022 | World

Ukrainian forces outnumbered Russian troops by eight times during the rapid Ukrainian counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region, a Russian-installed official said.Vitaly Ganchev said Ukrainian soldiers captured previously Russian-held settlements in the region’s north, breaking through to the border with Russia, and “about 5,000” civilians had been evacuated to Russia.
Ganchev told the state-owned Rossiya-24 television channel on Monday “the situation is becoming more difficult by the hour”, adding the border with Russia’s Belgorod region was now closed.
During the weekend, Ukrainian forces overran the key Russian supply hubs of Izyum and Kupiansk, where the Kharkiv region’s Russian-appointed administration had been based.
On Sunday, Russia’s defence ministry published a map showing Russian forces had almost entirely abandoned the Kharkiv region.
Russia insisted on Monday that it would achieve its military goals in Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to answer directly when asked by a reporter if President Vladimir Putin had confidence in his military leadership.
“The military operation continues and it will continue until the goals that were originally set are achieved. Of course any actions of the military that they perform as part of the special operation are reported to the Supreme Commander,” Peskov said, referring to Putin.
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‘Russia can be defeated’
Ukraine kept the counteroffensive momentum in its war against Russia going on Monday.
“In some areas of the front, our defenders reached the state border with the Russian Federation,” said the regional g …

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