The Ukrainian military unfurled the country's flag on the roof of a building in Kupyansk, September 10, 2022 Russia is losing control over key cities in northeastern Ukraine
Vladimir Zelensky said on Saturday that more than 2,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory have been liberated since the start of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The Russian military on Saturday abandoned its main bastion in northeastern Ukraine as a result of a sudden breakthrough of one of the main front lines by Ukrainian troops.
The swift surrender of the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region was the worst defeat for Moscow since March, her troops were withdrawn from the Kyiv region. This event could be a decisive turning point in the war.
Russian forces used Izyum as a logistical base for one of their main campaigns, a months-long offensive from the north into neighboring Donbass, which includes Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
State news agency TASS, citing the Ministry of Defense Russia has been told that the military department has ordered troops to leave the area and step up operations in other areas of the neighboring Donetsk region.
The head of the Russian “administration” in the Kharkiv region called on residents to evacuate to Russia in order to “save lives,” TASS reports. Witnesses report gigantic traffic jams due to the fact that a large number of people decided to leave this territory.
“The Russian army these days is showing the best it can,” shows its back. And, in the end, it's not a bad choice for them to run. There is no and never will be a place for occupiers in Ukraine,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video message made on Saturday evening.
Zelenskiy said that since the start of the counter-offensive against Russia, which started in September, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have liberated about 2,000 square kilometers of territory.
Ukrainian officials have not confirmed the capture of Izyum, but Andriy Yermak, head of Volodymyr Zelenskiy's office, posted a photo of troops on the outskirts of the city, tweeting a grape emoji, a nod to the city's name.
“The Russian army claims to be the world's fastest army. Keep running!” Yermak tweeted later.
The announcement of the withdrawal of Russian troops came just hours after Ukrainian troops captured the city of Kupyansk, the only railroad junction supplying the Russian military in northeastern Ukraine. Early Saturday, Ukrainian officials released photos of their troops raising the country's flag in front of the Kupyansk mayor's office.
As a result, thousands of Russian troops were suddenly cut off from supplies.
Ukraine's armed forces continue to offensive on different sectors of the front, Zelensky said.