A few days ago, Kyiv's army stormed the front, and since then it has recaptured dozens of towns and villages in rapid mechanized attacks, charging forward for dozens of kilometers (miles) every day.
“In order to achieve the goal of a special military operation to liberate Donbass, it was decided to reorganize the Russian forces stationed in the Balakriya and Izium districts and intensify efforts in the direction of Donetsk,” TASS reported Russia. Citing the Ministry of Defense. I'm saying.
Russian forces had left Balacria a few days earlier.
Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense Hannah Maryal warned people, like Barakuli, not to rush to report that a city was "taken" just because it was invaded by Ukrainian forces.
"A few days ago, it was reported that troops had entered the city. Today we finally established city administration, carried out all the necessary activities and raised the flag," she said.
In her town of Hrakove, one of dozens of villages recaptured by the Ukrainian invasion, Reuters found a burnt-out vehicle with a "Z" symbol indicating a Russian invasion. Boxes of ammunition were strewn with garbage where the Russians had apparently left in a hurry.
"Hello, we are from Russia," was sprayed on the wall. Her three bodies lay in white corpse bags in the garden. Local police chief Volodymyr Tymoshenko said Ukrainian police had traveled the day before to confirm the identity of a local resident who had been living under Russian occupation since the second day of the invasion.
"The first function is to provide them with the assistance they need. The next task is to document the crimes committed by the Russian aggressors in temporarily occupied territories," he said. .
Kyiv: Moscow abandoned its main fortifications in northeastern Ukraine on Saturday when one of the war's main fronts suddenly collapsed after Ukrainian forces advanced rapidly.
The rapid fall of Izium in Kharkiv Oblast was Moscow's worst defeat since the army was pushed back from the capital Kyiv in March. This could be a key turning point in the war six months ago, when thousands of Russian soldiers fled leaving behind stockpiles of ammunition and equipment.
The Russian military used Idium as his one logistics base for major operations. This is his month-long offensive from the north against the neighboring Donbass region, consisting of Donetsk and Luhansk.
The state-run TASS news agency said the Russian Defense Ministry had ordered troops to withdraw from the region and step up operations elsewhere in neighboring Donetsk. The head of the Russian government in Kharkiv has urged residents to evacuate Kharkiv and flee to Russia to "save their lives," according to TASS news agency. Eyewitnesses described traffic jams of cars with people leaving Russia's occupied territories.
Russian withdrawal was announced by the Ukrainian leader.
In a video address Saturday night, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, "The Russian military is at its best these days - showing up from behind.
Ukrainian forces have liberated about 2,000 square kilometers (770 square miles) of territory since the counteroffensive against Russia was launched earlier this month, he said. Ukrainian officials briefly denied recapturing Izium, but President Zelensky's chief of staff Andriy Yermak posted a photo of troops in the suburbs and tweeted a grape emoji. means rose.
“Russian military claims the title of the fastest army in the world...Keep running!” Yermak later wrote on his Twitter.
The announcement of Russia's withdrawal came hours after Ukrainian forces captured the city further north of Kupyansk, the only railway junction in northeastern Ukraine serving the entire Russian frontline. Ukrainian officials released a photo of their country's troops flying the country's blue and yellow flags in front of the Kupiansk city hall early Saturday morning. This abruptly cut off supplies to thousands of Russian troops along a front that saw some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
Along the rest of the Eastern Front, Russia was showing signs of trouble, with pro-Russian officials acknowledging problems elsewhere.
Zelensky said Ukrainian forces continued to advance in various areas along the front line.