Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country’s military had retaken 6,000 square km (2,400 sq mi) of territory occupied by Russia in the country’s south and east. Ukraine’s military continues its counter-offensive in Kharkiv, seeking to control almost the entire province. Ukrainian troops turned north, reportedly capturing all towns up to the Russian border, and a video was broadcast of a Ukrainian soldier in the center of the strategic city of Izium.
Russian military commanders stop sending new units to Ukraine after retaliationThe General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on its Facebook page on Monday. “The Military Command of the Russian Federation has suspended the sending of new, already formed units to the territory of Ukraine. The current state of the theater of operations and the distrust of the High Command has made the possibility of a large number of volunteers serving in combat situations. forced to categorically refuse.
Russian troops leave behind a stockpile of ammunition and other supplies after Ukraine’s counter-attack in the Kharkiv region, Kyiv Independent Report. The news outlet reported that Russian soldiers dropped their weapons on the ground when they fled, some jumping on stolen bicycles and trying to leave for locals. One analyst estimated that more than 300 vehicles, including tanks, self-propelled mortars and supply trucks, were lost between 7 and 11 September.,
Russia retaliated by launching missile strikes that cut off electricity and water supplies to the city of Kharkiv for the second time in less than 24 hours, knocked down both on Monday morning, just hours after city officials restored 80% of utilities that had been cut overnight. Ukraine also said that Russia fired 18 missiles and 39 airstrikes overnight. The presidential office in Kyiv said at least four civilians were killed and 11 others were injured.
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, appeared on state TV on Monday evening presiding over a meeting on the economy, in which he made no reference to the military situation. and said that Russia is facing western sanctions, “The economic blitzkrieg strategy, the attack they were relying on, did not work”. Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the “military operation is on” and “it will continue until the originally set goals are achieved”.
The US assesses that Russia has largely handed over its gains near Kharkiv and that many retreating Russian troops have left Ukraine.A senior US military official said on Monday, crossing the border is going back to Russia. However, the US-based Institute for the Study of War thinktank said that “Ukraine has turned the tide in its favor, but the current counter-attack will not end the war”.
Ukrainian officials have said they are holding so many Russian prisoners of war that the country is running out of space to keep them.The Associated Press reports. Adviser to the Ukrainian president, Oleksey Erestovich, did not specify the number of Russian prisoners, but said the PoWs would be exchanged for Ukrainian service members held by Moscow. Military intelligence spokesman Andrey Yusov said the captured soldiers included a “significant” number of Russian officers.
Municipal representatives of 18 districts of Moscow and St. Petersburg have signed a public statement calling for Vladimir Putin’s resignation. “We, the municipal representative of Russia, believe that the actions of President Vladimir Putin harm the future of Russia and its citizens,” read the statement published by Ksenia Torström, municipal deputy of St. Petersburg’s Semenovsky district. “The representatives are not yet forbidden to have an opinion. And it is not forbidden to speak for the resignation of the President. He is not a monarch, but a hired worker, who receives a salary from our taxes. ”