Kyiv: Ukraine’s military claimed on Saturday that Russia was withdrawing its troops from Kharkiv, its second largest city. At the same time, Ukraine said that Russia is now focusing on occupying the eastern region. Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian troops were withdrawing from the northeastern city of Kharkiv and were now focusing their attention on protecting the supply route. He said the Russian military had launched mortars, artillery as well as air strikes in the eastern Donetsk region to “target Ukrainian troops and destroy their barricades,” Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksey Reznikov said. “Ukraine is entering a new era of protracted war.”
War crime trial on Russian soldiers begins
Ukraine’s top prosecutor has opened a war crimes trial against Russian soldiers, in which dozens of soldiers could face trial. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainians were doing their “maximum” effort to expel the invaders. He also said that the outcome of the war would depend on the cooperation of Europe and other partners. Meanwhile, Zelensky said in a video address late Friday, “No one can predict how long this war will last.”
The fierce battle continues in the Donbass
Ukraine is aggressive in Donbass. This is the eastern industrial area of Ukraine. Village-to-village fighting is taking place in these areas and both the sides do not seem to be getting any major success. After failing to capture Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, Russian forces decided to focus on the Donbass region. But even here, he is facing difficulty in making ground headway.
Zelensky claimed that the Ukrainian army had gained an edge and captured six Ukrainian towns or villages in the past day. Western (country) officials said that Ukraine had pushed Russian troops back from Kharkiv, which was an important target of Moscow. “Russian troops haven’t made any major strategic advances recently,” said a Western official.
An official, keeping the identity a secret, said, “Ukrainians are relentlessly retaliated around Kherson and Kharkiv. We expect it to be a long struggle.” The Ukrainian army chief for Luhansk in the Donbass region said on Friday that his troops were in full control of the city of Rubizne, which has a population of about 55,000.
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