How the war between Russia and Ukraine continues: Kyiv reveals the aim of the counteroffensive and Moscow steps up its response

How the war between Russia and Ukraine continues: Kyiv reveals the aim of the counteroffensive and Moscow steps up its response

KHARKIV.- The Ukrainian army promised on Tuesday to liberate all its territory after having done repel Russian forces in the northeast of the country and hoisted the flags over the battle-scarred towns, part of a counter-offensive that produced significant gains and dealt an unprecedented blow to Moscow’s military prestige.

Since Russia left its main stronghold in northeastern Ukraine on Saturdaymarking its worst defeat since the early days of the war, Ukrainian troops recaptured dozens of towns in a stunning turnaround in battlefield momentum.

Ukrainian soldiers board an armored vehicle on a road in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, August 28, 2022.Leo Correa – AP

In his speech to Balakliaa crucial military supply center seized by Ukrainian forces late last week, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister said, Hanna Maliarhe said that 150,000 people had been liberated from Russian rule in the region. He spoke in the central square, where Ukrainian flags were raised.

Fighting continued elsewhere in the northeast region of Kharkovaccording to the official, and said the Ukrainian forces were advancing at a good pace thanks to a well-planned operation.

“The goal is to liberate the Kharkiv region and beyond, all territories occupied by the Russian Federation”he said on the way to Balakliia, which is located 74 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city.

It is not yet clear whether Ukrainian shelling in the northeast after months of little discernible movement could signal a turning point in the nearly seven-month war. But the country’s officials were optimistic, releasing footage showing their forces burning Russian flags and inspecting abandoned charred tanks.

In a village northwest of Balakliia, resident Tetiana Sinovoz had tears in her eyes as she explained how Ukrainian troops liberated them from seven months of occupation.

A man walks past a destroyed building in Balakliia, Kharkiv region on September 10, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A man walks past a destroyed building in Balakliia, Kharkiv region on September 10, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.JUAN BARRETO – AFP

We thought there would be no more town, but we got out and the town was whole!she said outside the school the Russians had occupied, which she said was the only building destroyed in what appeared to be a brutal battle.

Trees along the town road and a cement factory bore scars from the battle and there were abandoned Russian vehicles, including a military truck with a shattered windshield.

Late Monday, the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, says his troops have recaptured more than 6000 square kilometers– an area more than twice the size of Luxembourg – in a matter of weeks. “The movement of our troops continues“, said.

Among the latest claims, the Ukrainian border guard service said that the army had taken control of Vovchanska just city 3 kilometers from Russia, which had been taken on the first day of the war. Images shared on social networks the moment Kyiv troops arrive armed in the city and destroy the Russian flags installed.

A Ukrainian diplomat in Moscow said progress in the Kharkiv region was encouraging, but expressed caution about next steps.

We don’t have to get aheadsaid the diplomat on condition of anonymity.

The key questions were whether Ukrainian forces would be able to advance in the Luhansk region, alongside Kharkovand the impact on Russian morale in the south, where Ukraine’s progress has so far been slow, the diplomat said.

A man walks towards a damaged residential building in the town of Irpin on September 11, 2022, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
A man walks towards a damaged residential building in the town of Irpin on September 11, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.SERGEI SHOUZAVKOV – AFP

Serhiy Gaidai, the Ukrainian governor of the Luhansk region, which Moscow has captured, said he expected a major Ukrainian offensive there. “Today, [la ciudad de] Kreminna it is completely empty. The Russian army has left the city and waves the Ukrainian flag hoisted by the partisans“, he announced on his Telegram account.

Full-scale liberation of the Lugansk region will begin from the Kremmine and SvatovoGaidai added, referring to another town about 50 kilometers north of the mentioned town and which he said still remains under Russian control.

The Kremlin struggled to respond to the partial defeat, the largest since its forces abandoned a failed attempt to capture Kyiv earlier in the war.

While acknowledging that it has withdrawn its troops from northeastern areas of the Kharkiv region in recent days, the Russian military said on Tuesday that launched “massive” bombardments on all front lines in Ukraine in retaliation for the reverse of kyiv.

In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry's press service on Saturday, September 10, 2022, Russian soldiers prepare to fire a 152.4mm Msta-B howitzer from their position at an undisclosed location in Ukraine.
In this photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service on Saturday, September 10, 2022, Russian soldiers prepare to fire a 152.4mm Msta-B howitzer from their position at an undisclosed location in Ukraine. Russian Defense Ministry Press Se

Air forces and artillery carry out massive attacks against units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in all operational directionssaid the Russian Defense Ministry in its daily report on the conflict.

The ministry mentioned shelling near Sloviansk, Konstantinivka and Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine; in the regions of Mikolaiv and Zaporizhia, in the south; and Kharkiv, to the northeast.

In the face of criticism from supporters of a much more aggressive military campaign in the neighboring country, the Kremlin today ruled out the general or partial mobilization of the population despite the withdrawal of Russian troops from eastern Ukraine.

We don’t talk about that nowsaid Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, during his daily telephone press briefing.

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Deputy of Crimea from the Kremlin party, United Russia, Mikhail Sheremet, indicated that without the general mobilization the Russian troops will not achieve the objectives which marked the beginning of the “special military operation” last February.

Pro-Russians pointed out that Ukrainian forces in Kharkiv they were eight times bigger than the Russianswho chose to withdraw, leaving behind fuel and military equipment in enemy hands.

On the other hand, the Kremlin has accused Ukrainian forces of torturing and punishing civilians in the territory recovered by Kyiv.

“According to our information, many punitive actions are underway against the inhabitants of the Kharkiv region. There are tortured and mistreated people. It’s scandalousKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Ukraine’s president called on the West to speed up arms deliveriesand urged allies to “Strengthening cooperation to defeat Russian terrorism.”

Your Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dmitry Kuleba, targeted Germany for its “disappointing” attitude by refusing to send Leopard tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles.

“Disappointing signs from Germany as Ukraine needs Leopards and Marders now – to liberate people and save them from genocide. Not a single rational argument why these weapons cannot be supplied, just fears abstract and apologies. What does Berlin fear that Kyiv does not fear?“, posted the manager on his Twitter account.

On Monday, the German Defense Minister, Christine Lambrecht, rejected the sending of tanks “unilaterally”. The statements were seen by some as leaving open the possibility of Berlin doing so as part of a pan-European consortium.

Since the Russian invasion of February 24, Washington and its allies have supplied Ukraine with billions of dollars worth of weapons which Kyiv says helped limit Moscow’s advances.

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A photo taken on September 10, 2022 and published by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s press service shows Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock attending a joint press conference in Kyiv, in the midst of a Russian military invasion. from Ukraine. .DOCUMENT – Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press

United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, said yesterday that the Ukrainian forces had “significant progress” Western backed to ensure you have the gear you need.

Russian forces control about a fifth of the country in the south and east. Ukraine is now on the offensive in both areas.

EFE, AP, AFP and Reuters agencies

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