Ukraine retook 1000 km2 in a week: In the last week, Ukraine claims to have reclaimed more than 1,000 sq km (385 sq miles) of land in its south and east from Russia.
In the Kharkiv area, more than 30 communities, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, have “liberated.”
The leading Russian occupier in the Kharkiv area acknowledged that Ukrainian troops had achieved a “major success.”
According to Vitaly Ganchev, the Ukrainians have breached the Russian defense line.
He said that one of the most significant metropolitan areas in the region of Kharkiv, controlled by Russia, Kupiansk. And two other towns, were being evacuated from their civilian populations.
The Institute for the Study of War, a think tank, calculated that Kyiv’s forces are now just 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Kupiansk. A crucial railway junction that Moscow has been exploiting to feed its soldiers on the front lines.
It said Russia is delivering reinforcements by road and air using Mi-26 transport helicopters that accommodate 80 soldiers apiece.
Ukraine‘s army said in a second Facebook post that forces had pushed 50km in three days (30 miles). If true, it would be the front line’s swiftest movement since the Russian troops’ hasty withdrawal from their positions near the Ukrainian capital of Kiev in March.
The attack southeast of Kharkiv would also put Ukrainian forces closer to Donetsk. Since the war began six months ago, Russia has maintained a significant presence in the east.
Despite a video purporting to show Ukrainian troops in the town of Balakliya. Mr. Ganchev further disputed that Ukrainian forces had retaken it.
Verified social media posts on Thursday showed Ukrainian flags flying from local government buildings.
While Ukraine asserts that its soldiers have advanced in some areas of the nation. There have reportedly been additional Russian aircraft assaults in other regions.
On Friday, Dmytro Zhvytskyi, the governor of Ukraine’s north-eastern Sumy region, said that a Russian airstrike had “destroyed” a hospital and left several people wounded.