Russian troops threatened encirclement
According to information from Kyiv: Ukrainian army captures strategically important city of Kupyansk
The Ukrainian armed forces are apparently making up more ground. According to media reports, they are said to have taken the strategically important city of Kupyansk. A photo is circulating that is said to show Ukrainian soldiers in the city center.
More than half a year after the start of the Russian war of aggression, Ukraine says it has the strategically important city Kupyansk recaptured in the eastern Kharkiv region. The Ukrainian domestic secret service SBU published photos on Telegram on Saturday that are said to show its 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.
Kubyansk: important junction for Russian army
The small town of Kupyansk is popular because of its direct rail connection Russia important as a transport hub for the supply of the entire Russian troop formation around the south-western Isjum. 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 be checked at first either.
Also with the help of Western weapons, the Ukrainian army started a counter-offensive a few weeks ago. 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 Russia's army, which invaded Ukraine more than six months ago, in a serious crisis given the recent loss of territory.
British intelligence: Ukrainian troops take Russian units by surprise
According to British information, the Ukrainian troops in the north-east of the country took the Russian forces by surprise with their counter-offensive. The Ukrainian spearheads have now advanced up to 50 kilometers on a narrow front into previously Russian-occupied territory, the Ministry of Defense said in London on Saturday, citing intelligence findings. This corresponds to the information provided by Ukraine from the past few days. Only a few Russian troops were gathered in the area, it said. "The Russian forces were apparently taken by surprise".