Russian war of aggression: Ukraine retakes strategically important city


Russian war of aggression
Ukraine recaptures strategically important city

Destroyed vehicles stand on a road southeast of Kharkiv.  According to its own statements, Ukraine has large areas this week

Destroyed vehicles stand on a road southeast of Kharkiv. Ukraine says it has recaptured large areas of the Kharkiv region this week. photo

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Ukraine is continuing its counteroffensive in the east and south of the country. In the Kharkiv region, the units have now recaptured the strategically important city of Kupyansk from Russian control.

More than half a year after the start of the Russian war of aggression, the Ukraine According to their own statements, the strategically important city of Kupjansk in the eastern region of Kharkiv was recaptured. The Ukrainian domestic secret service SBU published photos on Telegram that are said to show their own units in the small town previously occupied by Russia. "We will liberate our country down to the last centimeter!" It says. Previously, Ukrainian media celebrated the recapture of Kupyansk and published a photo of soldiers holding the Ukrainian flag.

Transportation hub for Russian troops

The small town Kupyansk Due to its direct rail connection to Russia, it is important as a transport hub for supplying the entire Russian troop formation around Izyum in the south-west. As a result of the Ukrainian advance, more than 10,000 Russian soldiers are now threatened with encirclement. Information in social networks that the Russians had already fled Izyum could not initially be checked.

The Ukrainian army launched a counter-offensive in August, also using Western weapons. President Volodymyr Zelenskyj recently spoke of more than 30 recaptured settlements in the Kharkiv region. The Russian occupiers, in turn, announced the evacuation of civilians from several places - including Kupyansk and Izyum - days ago. Many international military experts see of Russia Army that invaded Ukraine more than six months ago, in deep crisis amid recent territorial losses.

British secret services also confirm the advance of Ukrainian troops in the north-east of the country. The Ukrainian spearheads have now advanced up to 50 kilometers on a narrow front into previously Russian-occupied territory, the Defense Ministry said London citing intelligence information.

This coincides with information from Ukraine in the past few days. Only a few Russian troops were gathered in the area, it said. "The Russian forces were apparently taken by surprise".

"Ukrainian units have captured or surrounded several locations," the ministry said. Russian forces around the city Izyum were becoming more and more isolated, and the Ukrainians were advancing on the city of Kupyansk. "Their conquest would be a significant blow to Russia because the supply lines for the Donbass front run here," said London. Ukrainian attacks also continued in the Cherson region in the south of the country. "The Russian defensive is under pressure on both its northern and southern flanks," the ministry noted.

The British Ministry of Defense has published unprecedented information on the course of the war since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine in late February, citing intelligence information. In doing so, the British government wants to both counter the Russian portrayal and keep allies in line. Moscow accuses London of a targeted disinformation campaign.

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