The Russian front line crumbled, and the Ukrainians retook territory the size of Lancashire. Ukraine is nearing Victory.
Kyiv’s forces have liberated the strategically vital regions of Izium and Kupyansk, which could be a turning point in the war. On Saturday, Russian troops withdrew from their central refuge in north-eastern Ukraine, spurring the collapse of one of the war’s most important front lines as advancing Ukrainian forces threatened to encircle the area. Défense ministry of Russia acknowledged that Russian troops were forced to retreat from their positions surrounding the entire northern region of Kharkiv back into Russia. Analysts characterized this as a shocking rout and a potential turning point in the war. Ukrainian soldiers in Kharkiv reported to a news website that they had witnessed Russian commanders “literally fleeing” and soldiers changing into civilian attire to evade the Ukrainian offensive.
As Putin’s forces retreat in disgrace from north-eastern Ukraine, Russia’s grip on the region weakens
President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Sunday evening that Ukraine had recaptured more than 2,000 square kilometers from Russia since deploying a lightning-fast counteroffensive earlier this month. Russia’s defense ministry had confirmed that its forces had retreated in what is considered the most notable Ukrainian advance since April when Russia stepped down from areas surrounding Kyiv. In his Saturday night address, President Zelensky stated that the Russian military’s decision to flee was right.
He remarked that the Russian armed forces are showing their best by showing their backs. And it is a wise decision for them to flee. There is no room in Ukraine for the occupiers. The retreat and collapse of the Russian frontline, according to BBC News anchor Lucy Hockings, was a “humiliating setback” for Vladimir Putin.
Multiple Ukrainian cities reported power failures on Saturday evening, and Ukrainian bloggers and netizens said Russian missile attacks. They claimed these were “revenge attacks” in response to the Russian army’s defeat around Kharkiv. On the same night, Russian Telegram channels reported that at least two power plants in Kremenchuk and Kharkiv were struck by precision-guided rockets. The head of the Dnipropetrovsk region claimed that Russian forces had “hit energy infrastructure” in retaliation for “defeat on the battlefield.” In contrast, the governor of the eastern Kharkiv region claimed that Russian attacks on “critical infrastructure” had disrupted electricity and water supplies.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, tweeted a total blackout in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions and a partial blackout in the Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Sumy regions. RF terrorists continue to be terrorists and target vital infrastructure. No military installations; the objective is to deprive people of light and warmth. He tagged stating #RussiaIsATerroristState
Kupiansk and Izyum have been the subject of intense fighting, and their capture by Russia was celebrated by the Kremlin during the early stages of the war. They are also considered important hubs for resupplying Russian forces in Donbas. In a video from Izyum, five soldiers can be seen firing from the roof of a demolished government structure while simultaneously waving the Ukrainian flag and shouting, “Glory to Ukraine!” Various unconfirmed videos depict locals of Kharkiv welcoming Ukrainian soldiers with hot meals, flowers, and hugs.
Russia and Ukraine to sit for peace talk?
Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, declared on Sunday that his country would be open to participating in peace negotiations despite the advancement of Ukrainian forces. Even the Russian Ministry of Defense acknowledged that it was no longer possible to hold onto the area surrounding Kharkiv.
During the daily video briefing by Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense, a map showed that the Russian Ministry of Defense now controls only a thin strip of land east of the Oskil River.
Social media users who support Ukraine have cruelly mocked General Konashenkov. Meanwhile, Russian military bloggers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with Kremlin planning and strategies.
The pro-Russia blogger Military Informant shared with his 462,000 subscribers that to remain silent about the realities surrounding Kharkiv is to betray those who fought there and are still fighting.
The extent of the Russian defeat in Kharkiv is only now becoming apparent, but dozens and dozens of abandoned tanks and other pieces of equipment can be seen in online videos and photos. In addition to body armor and firearms, the fleeing Russian army abandoned rations and clothing.
Analysts from the West quickly confirmed that it appeared Ukrainian forces had captured most of the Kharkiv region. James Rushton, a British defense analyst based in Ukraine, stated that it seems to be confirmed that there is a general Russian withdrawal from Kharkiv Oblast.