Russia withdrawing around Kharkiv: Ukraine
Russian troops are withdrawing from around Ukraine's second-largest city after weeks of heavy bombardment, the Ukrainian military says, as Kyiv and Moscow's forces engaged in a grinding battle for the country's eastern industrial heartland.
Ukraine officials said the Russians were pulling back from Kharkiv and focusing on guarding supply routes, while launching mortar, artillery and airstrikes in the eastern Donetsk province in order to "deplete Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications."
Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Ukraine was "entering a new - long-term - phase of the war."
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainians were doing their "maximum" to drive out the invaders and that the outcome of the war would depend on support from Europe and other allies.
"No one today can predict how long this war will last," Zelenskyy …
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