Russian troops retreat during Kharkiv offensive

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

A Ukrainian counter-offensive Saturday halted a Russian advance near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and managed to recapture the strategic cities of Kupyansk, Izyum, and Balakliya. Prior to the counter-offensive, Kharkiv had been under threat of Russian occupation and had been bombed for two days. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, says Russian forces have regrouped by the Donetsk region and said, “powerful fire was inflicted on the enemy using aviation, missiles and artillery” as an effort "to prevent damage to Russian troops"

In addition to the Kharkiv offensive, Ukraine has also launched a counter-offensive in the south of the country near the Black Sea port of Kherson. Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson for southern Ukrainian forces, says they have taken “two to several dozen kilometers”. The governor of Russian-occupied Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai, made a tweet that Ukrainian forces have reached the outskirts of Lysychansk.

However, Russia still has extensive Ukrainian territory, including the key cities of Mariupol and Melitopol. And while Ukrainian forces are advancing, the fighting is very costly in lives. Anatoli Pryhrusha, a leader of a Ukrainian counter-offensive in Balakliya, was interviewed and said "we paid with a lot of lives," However, analysts say that if Ukraine keeps pushing at this rate, it could lead to a "broader strategic shift".