Ukraine chief views wrecked frontline city as Russian forces dig in

  • Ukraine now on offensive in each south and east
  • Is assembly Russian resistance on each fronts
  • Zelenskiy visits liberated city
  • Biden says struggle seems to be like lengthy haul regardless of Kyiv’s success
  • New U.S. navy help for Ukraine seemingly, White Home says

IZIUM, Ukraine, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine stated it was attempting to increase a counter offensive within the east as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made a shock go to to a devastated and not too long ago recaptured city on Wednesday, however pro-Russian officers stated they’d halted Kyiv’s forces for now.

Russian forces suffered a surprising reversal this month after Ukrainian troops made a fast armoured thrust with particular forces within the northeastern area of Kharkiv, forcing a typically rushed and chaotic Russian withdrawal.

Zelenskiy stated in a late night time handle on Tuesday that his military had liberated round 8,000 sq. km (3,100 sq. miles) of territory up to now this month, a swath of land almost equal to the island of Cyprus.

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Reuters was not in a position to instantly confirm the total scope of battlefield successes claimed by Ukraine.

Zelenskiy, who visited the city of Izium, an essential logistics hub round 15 km (9.3 miles) from the present frontline within the east, stated absolutely securing and rooting out any pro-Russian components had been accomplished in about half of liberated territory.

Ukrainian troops have been now assaulting the Russian-held city of Lyman in Ukraine’s Donetsk area, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Zelenskiy stated, and have been eyeing territorial features within the neighbouring Luhansk area which is below Russian management.

“There may be now an assault on Lyman,” Arestovych stated in a video posted on YouTube, predicting a struggle too for the city of Svatovo, the place he stated the Russians have storage depots.

“And that’s what they concern most – that we take Lyman after which advance on Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk,” he stated, referring to twin cities within the Luhansk area taken by Russia after fierce preventing in June and July.

Denis Pushilin, head of the Russia-backed self-proclaimed Donetsk Folks’s Republic, stated troops loyal to Moscow had efficiently pushed again Ukrainian forces attempting to make inroads into Lyman and that the state of affairs had stabilised for now.

“Nothing labored out for the enemy,” stated Pushilin, including that Ukrainian assaults to the north and south of Lyman had additionally been repelled.

Requested whether or not Ukraine’s lightning counter offensive within the east was a turning level within the six-month struggle, U.S. President Joe Biden stated it was arduous to inform.

“It is clear the Ukrainians have made vital progress. However I believe it is going to be a protracted haul,” stated Biden.

Russian forces nonetheless management a couple of fifth of Ukraine within the south and east, although Kyiv is now on the offensive in each areas.

The White Home, which has supplied billions of {dollars} of weapons and assist to Ukraine, has stated the USA is prone to announce a brand new navy help bundle within the “coming days”.

Ukraine’s swiftest advance since driving Russian forces away from the capital in March has turned the tide within the six-month struggle


In Izium, recaptured by Ukrainian forces of their lightning counter offensive, Zelenskiy watched because the Ukrainian flag was raised in entrance of a charred native administration constructing that had sandbags at its entrance.

No buildings have been left unscathed on the primary thoroughfare: a derelict bathtub home had a gap blasted in its aspect; meat retailers, pharmacies, a shoe store and a magnificence salon have been sprayed with shrapnel.

Stray canine – maybe deserted by fleeing homeowners – scampered round within the destruction, whereas the golden dome of an Orthodox Church stood badly broken.

“I do know this area very properly,” Zelenskiy informed reporters.

“The view is stunning, however it’s not stunning for me as a result of we… noticed the identical photos from Bucha, from the primary de-occupied territories. The identical destroyed buildings, folks killed.”

After a Russian retreat earlier within the struggle, useless civilians have been discovered within the city of Bucha, close to Kyiv.

In Izium, bus stops have been daubed with “Z” markings, the image Russian forces use to establish themselves, and the charred stays of tanks and armoured personnel carriers lay by the street into city.

With a pink hood wrapped round her face for heat, Lyubov Sinna, 74, stated residents have been shell-shocked and that it was too early to really feel secure.

“We waited a very long time for our guys. In fact we really feel optimistic. Pleasure. However there’s additionally concern – concern that the Russians may return right here,” she stated.

“As a result of we lived by means of this complete six months. We sat it out in cellars. We went by means of all the things it’s potential to undergo. We completely can’t say that we really feel secure.”

There was no gasoline, electrical energy, or water provide within the city, she added, saying she was uncertain how folks would get by means of winter.


In a transfer that means Russian President Vladimir Putin had a lot wider struggle goals when he ordered tens of hundreds of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24, three folks near the Russian management informed Reuters that Putin had rejected a provisional cope with Kyiv because the struggle started.

They stated the deal would have happy Russia’s demand that Ukraine keep out of NATO and had been brokered by Putin’s then high envoy on Ukraine. The Kremlin stated the Reuters report had “completely no relation to actuality.” It additionally stated Ukraine’s ongoing ambitions to hitch the Western NATO navy alliance nonetheless offered a menace to Russia. learn extra

On high of its reversals in Ukraine, Russian authorities are additionally going through challenges in different former Soviet republics.

About 100 folks have been killed this week within the deadliest preventing between Azerbaijan and Armenia since a 2020 struggle, prompting Putin to attraction for calm. learn extra

And on Wednesday, capturing broke out between guards patrolling the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Russian information companies stated, citing the Kyrgyz border service. learn extra

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Reporting by Reuters bureaux; writing by Andrew Osborn; Enhancing by Frank Jack Daniel

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