Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his country’s forces had recaptured 6,000 square kilometers (2,400 square miles) of Russian-held territory in the south and east of the country. Ukrainian forces have followed press their counterattack in Kharkiv, seeking to take control of almost the entire province. Ukrainian troops headed north, allegedly retaking towns all the way to the Russian border, and a video circulated of a Ukrainian soldier in the center of the strategic city of Izium.
Russia’s military commanders have stopped sending new units to Ukraine after the counteroffensive.the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine he said on his Facebook page on Monday. “The military command of the Russian Federation has suspended sending new units already formed to the territory of Ukraine. The current situation in the theater of operations and mistrust in higher command forced a large number of volunteers to categorically reject the prospect of serving under combat conditions.
Russian troops have left stockpiles of ammunition and other supplies following Ukraine’s counteroffensive in Kharkiv oblast., reports the Kyiv Independent. The news outlet reported that the Russian soldiers threw their weapons to the ground as they fled, with some getting on stolen bikes and trying to pass themselves off as locals. One analyst estimated that more than 300 vehicles, including tanks, self-propelled mortars and supply trucks, had been lost between September 7 and 11.
Russia responded to the counteroffensive by launching missile strikes that cut power and water supplies in the city of Kharkiv for the second time in less than 24 hours., nullifying both on Monday morning, just hours after city authorities restored 80% of public services that had been cut overnight. Ukraine also said that Russia launched 18 missiles and 39 airstrikes overnight. At least four civilians were killed and 11 others wounded, the presidential office in Kyiv added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on state television Monday night, chairing a meeting on the economy in which he made no reference to the military situation. and said Russia was holding up in the face of Western sanctions. “The blitzkrieg economic tactic, the onslaught they were counting on, didn’t work.” Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had said that “the military operation continues” and “will continue until the objectives that were originally set are achieved.”
The United States assesses that Russia has largely given up its gains near Kharkiv and many retreating Russian soldiers have left Ukrainemoving across the border back into Russia, a senior US military official said on Monday. However, the US-based Institute for the Study of War think tank said “Ukraine has turned the tide in their favor, but the current counteroffensive will not end the war.”
Ukrainian authorities have said they are capturing so many Russian prisoners of war that the country is running out of room to put them., reports Associated Press. Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich did not specify the number of Russian prisoners, but said the prisoners of war would be exchanged for Ukrainian military personnel held by Moscow. Military intelligence spokesman Andrey Yusov said the captured troops included a “significant” number of Russian officers.
Municipal deputies from 18 districts of Moscow and St. Petersburg signed a public statement demanding the resignation of Vladimir Putin. “We, the municipal deputies of Russia, believe that the actions of President Vladimir Putin harm the future of Russia and its citizens,” read the statement published by Ksenia Torstrem, a municipal deputy from the Semenovsky district of St. Petersburg. “Deputies are not yet prohibited from giving their opinion. And it is also not forbidden to speak for the resignation of the president. He is not a monarch, but a salaried worker, he receives a salary from our taxes”.