The Ukrainian army confirmed that it reconquered 500 km2 in the Kherson region

Ukrainian troops reconquered 500 km2 of the Kherson area. Twitter @DefenceU/via REUTERS (@DEFENCEU/)

The Ukrainian army on Monday claimed the reconquest of 500 km2 of territory in the hands of Russian forces, in two weeks of counteroffensive in the Kherson region (south).

“Our successes in these last two weeks are quite convincing,” Natalia Gumeniuk, a military spokeswoman for the south, told reporters. “We have released about 500 km2”he added.

The spokeswoman pointed out that the towns of Vysokopillia, Biloguirka, Soukhy Stavok and Myrolioubivka were “completely under the Ukrainian flag”.

Ukraine claimed to have reconquered some 3,000 km2 from Russian handsmost of that territory during a lightning counteroffensive in the northeast of the country, in the Kharkov region, forcing enemy troops to withdraw.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.  Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/via Reuters TV/Handout via REUTERS
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/via Reuters TV/Handout via REUTERS (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER/)

In the south, the Ukrainian operation launched a little earlier seems to be moving more slowly.

Kirill Stremusov, deputy head of the Russian occupation in Kherson, told the Ria Novosti agency that the “situation is under Russian control.”

”An evolution as in Kharkiv It’s just impossible,” he said.

THE CHANGE OF COURSE

Ukraine “turned the tide of this war in its favor” after the lightning counteroffensive in Kharkivwhile increasing the chances that Russia lacks the reserve forces it needs to bolster its defensesassured the Institute for the Study of War (ISWfor its acronym in English) in a report.

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Washington believes that “Ukraine has turned the tide of this war in its favor” and “will likely increasingly dictate the location and nature of major fighting.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

“Ukrainian forces have inflicted a major operational defeat on Russia, recapturing almost the entire oblast [región] of Kharkiv in a swift counteroffensive”, assured the group of experts. “Ukraine’s success was the result of skillful campaign design and execution that included efforts to maximize the impact of Western weapons systems such as HIMARS” and good strategies on the battlefield.

So while the war is likely to drag on into next year, the Washington-based think tank believes that “Ukraine has turned the tide of this war in its favour” Y “It will probably increasingly dictate the location and nature of the big fights.”

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In recent days, Ukrainian forces have taken control of key cities such as Izyum Y Kupyanskwhich forced the Russian troops to withdraw. kyiv have been making much more progress in their counterattack than many analysts predicted: this Monday announced the liberation of several villages, in addition to affirming that he had pushed the invaders to the border at Kharkiv.

BLOODY OUTLOOK FOR RUSSIAN TROOPS

The change of trend in the war was confirmed by other international observers who warned of bleak prospects for Russian troops. It was a stark contrast to the first days of fighting, when Russian forces reached the gates of kyiv.

“Faced with Ukrainian advances, Russia has probably ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the entire occupied province of Kharkiv west of the Oskil River,” the British Ministry of Defense said on Monday, which collected a breakthrough for kyiv. “Ukraine has recaptured territory the size of at least twice the size of the London region.”

The British report added that this would likely further undermine the confidence of Russian troops in their commanders.

A still image from a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry shows what it says is a Russian military convoy heading towards the front line in Ukraine's Kharkiv region at an unidentified location over the course of the conflict. between Russia and Ukraine, in this still image taken from a handout video released on September 9, 2022. Russian Defense Ministry/Handout via REUTERS
A still image from a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry shows what it says is a Russian military convoy heading towards the front line in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region at an unidentified location over the course of the conflict. between Russia and Ukraine, in this still image taken from a handout video released on September 9, 2022. Russian Defense Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Even around Kherson, Russia had trouble getting its troops to cross the Dnieper River to stop the Ukrainian offensive, the British statement said.

“The rapid Ukrainian successes have significant implications for the Russian operational strategy as a whole. Most forces in Ukraine are likely to be forced to prioritize emergency defensive actions.”added the report.

In an attempt to curb that momentum, Russia on Sunday launched missiles at power plants and other critical infrastructure, prompting immediate criticism from Ukraine and the United States for focusing on civilian targets.

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