Russian forces retreat as Ukraine appears to win Battle of Kharkiv

Russian forces retreat as Ukraine appears to win Battle of Kharkiv

Ukraine “appears to have won the Battle of Kharkiv,” a US think tank said. The Russian military has withdrawn from its positions around Ukraine’s second-largest city “in the face of Ukrainian counteroffensives and the limited availability of reinforcements,” said the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Russian units were unable to hold ground against the Ukrainian fighters over the past several days, the ISW said, and were prevented from encircling the city in northeast Ukraine. As they retreated, however, they continued to bombard the eastern Donetsk province in order to “deplete Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications,” the Ukrainian military said Saturday. Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the country was “entering a new – long-term – phase of the war.” The comments came two days after a major Ukranian victory …
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