The Russian Army has withdrawn from its positions near Kharkivgiving up assaulting Ukraine’s second largest city, but continues to try to advance into Donbas from the north, albeit with little success so far.
“In Kharkov the enemy has not carried out active military actions. It has focused its efforts on ensure the withdrawal of its forces of the city, maintaining (…) supply lines,” reported the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army.
This region, bordering Russia, has become in recent days the symbol of the Ukrainian counteroffensivewhose objective is to liberate not only Kharkov, but the entire area to avoid the encirclement of its troops in the north of Donetsk.
“The gradual liberation of the Kharkov region It shows that we will not leave anyone in the hands of the enemy,” said Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, in his traditional evening speech.
According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the reason for the Russian withdrawal is both the Ukrainian counteroffensive and the limited ability to receive reinforcements from the Russian side.
“Ukraine appears to have won the Battle of Kharkiv. Ukrainian forces have prevented Russian troops from encircling, let alone taking Kharkiv, and then They expelled them from the outskirts of the city as they did when the Russians tried to conquer kyiv,” he says.
For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense released today some images in which members of the airborne forces participate in an offensive, but without specifying the areas where it takes place.
In the last week the Russian troops have made “little progress” in their attempt to attack the main Ukrainian square in Donetsk, Kramatorsk, according to the ISW.