Kharkiv (Ukraine): Ukrainian troops on Tuesday continued to exert relentless pressure on the retreating Russian forces, trying to maintain their sudden momentum that led to major regional gains. Fresh yellow and blue flags were hoisted from abandoned tallest buildings in partially destroyed towns around Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, while Ukrainian soldiers inspected charred Russian tanks left along the way.
“From the beginning of September to the present day, our troops have liberated more than 6,000 square kilometers of Ukraine in the east and south. The movement of our troops continues,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his late night address. monday. Many claims of military success could not be independently verified.
Sprinkling salt on Russia’s wounds, British intelligence said that one of Moscow’s major forces, the 1st Guards Tank Army, was “severely humiliated” during the invasion and that “Russia designed to counter NATO”. The U.S.’s conventional military is seriously weakened. It will probably take years. For Russia to rebuild this capability.” However, the retreat did not prevent Russia from intensifying the Ukrainian positions. Regional governor Oleh Sinihubov said early Tuesday, it opened fire on the town of Lozova in the Kharkiv region, killing three people and injuring nine.
Regional governor Valentin Reznichenko said the Nikopol region, which is across the Dnieper river from the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, was shelled six times during the night, but no casualties were reported. Continued shelling has left Europe’s largest nuclear facility in a precarious position.
Zelensky specifically criticized Russia for targeting energy infrastructure in its attacks in the past. “Hundreds and thousands of Ukrainians found themselves in the dark? Without electricity. Houses, hospitals, schools, sites of communal infrastructure that have nothing to do with the infrastructure of our country’s armed forces.”
He said it could only point to one thing. “This is a sign of the desperation of those who took part in this war. This is how they react to the defeat of the Russian army in the Kharkiv region. They cannot do anything for our heroes on the battlefield.” Ukrainian military intelligence said Russian troops were surrendering en masse. An adviser to the President of Ukraine said there were so many prisoners of war that the country was becoming out of place to accommodate them.
The counter-attack left the Kremlin struggling to respond to its biggest military defeat in Ukraine, as Russian forces pulled back from areas near Kyiv after a failed attempt to capture the capital in the invasion. The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged the setback in a map that showed its troops were pressed back along a narrow patch of land on the border with Russia – a tacit admission of large Ukrainian gains.
It was not yet clear whether the Ukrainian attacks could signal a turning point in the war. Momentum has happened back and forth before, but rarely with such a big and sudden swing. Some in Russia blamed Western weapons and fighters for the damage.
“It is not Ukraine that attacked Izium, but NATO,” read a headline in the state-backed Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, referring to one of the areas where Russia said it had withdrawn troops. Elsewhere, residents of a Russian village across the border from Ukraine were evacuated after a man was killed in shelling by Ukrainian troops, according to Russia’s Tass news agency. The report cited the head of the local administration in Logachevka, who said Ukrainian troops opened fire at a border post.