Ukraine Pushes Back Russian Offensive
Russian troops moved into Kharkiv on Sunday morning – but according to Ukrainian information, they were pushed back. The city is again entirely under Ukrainian control, and Ukraine is massing its armed forces around Kyiv.
The city of Kharkiv in north-eastern Ukraine is again entirely under the army’s control. “Kharkiv is completely under our control,” said the regional governor of the same name, Oleg Sinegubov. Now an action is underway in the second-largest Ukrainian city to drive the Russian soldiers out of the city altogether.
In the morning, the Russian army moved into the centre of the city of Kharkiv. The street fights affected several places in the city area.
In the face of the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian armed forces continued to rally soldiers to defend Kyiv. Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar wrote on Facebook that it was primarily about defending against the Russian attack in the north and northwest of the capital.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said there were no Russian troops in the capital. “But our military, law enforcement and territorial defence continue to seek out and neutralize saboteurs,” Klitschko wrote on his Telegram channel.
The Ukrainian General Staff said the pace of the Russian attack had been slowed down. The enemy has supply problems, and soldiers are exhausted, the troops are decimated. So far, an estimated 4,300 soldiers have been killed, Deputy Defense Minister Maljar wrote on Facebook. Dozens of planes and helicopters, hundreds of tanks and other military vehicles are said to have been destroyed.
At noon it was announced that the Ukrainian army had recaptured the town of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv.
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