kyiv is still regaining ground, vast power cut in the east

kyiv is still regaining ground, vast power cut in the east

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On Saturday, towns and villages fell one after the other, and the Kremlin ordered, to mask a real military rout, the withdrawal of its troops in the People’s Republic of Donetsk.

The situation is still changing in recent hours, and it seems that the Russian army is losing its footing in the Kharkiv region, of which kyiv seems to be regaining control, observes our correspondent in the Ukrainian capital, Stephane Siohan.

In his daily address, the Ukrainian president said on Sunday evening that his army had retaken the strategic town of Izium in the east of the country from Russian forces.

The numbers give the spin. On Saturday evening, Volodymyr Zelensky estimated that Ukraine had regained 2,000 km2 of territory; Sunday morning, we were talking about 3,000 km2, and finally it’s more than 8,000 km2 back under kyiv’s control, far more than Russia has been able to take from Ukraine since April, even as Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to seize all of Donbass before September 15 deadline.

From now on, the Kremlin has ordered the withdrawal of its troops to the people’s republic of Donetsk and fighting seems to be breaking out in the vicinity of Lyman, Svatove or Severodonetsk.

The great strategic development of the past 24 hours has been the complete collapse of the Russian system in the Kharkiv region, where the Kremlin army controlled a strip along the border, and bombarded the metropolis of 1.5 million of inhabitants.

On Sunday, the yellow and blue flag was hoisted at Hoptivka, a border crossing with Russia, this does not mean that the conflict is coming to an end, but its dynamics are completely changed.

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Extensive power cuts in eastern Ukraine

Large portions of territory in eastern Ukraine were affected Sunday evening by power cuts, Ukrainian officials said.

Ukrainian officials in Kharkiv, the country’s second city, and in the Donetsk and Sumy regions, posted statements on social media reporting power cuts. Journalists from Agence France-Presse have also noted cuts in the city of Kramatorsk.

In the Kharkiv region, the governor also reported water cuts and denounced Russian attacks against infrastructure. Russians ” hit strategic infrastructure in the city and Kharkiv region “said Olegh Synehoubov on Telegram. ” In several urban centers there is no longer any water or electricity. Fires broke out where these strikes occurred “, he added.

Russia does not deny its retreat

No official declarations, no explanations on what looks like a debacle on the part of the Russian army in the Kharkiv region. But a map, released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday, clearly shows the territories its army has been pressured to abandon in recent days.

This is the second time that Russia has admitted a setback. Already on Saturday, the Ministry of Defense announced that it had regrouped its men in the Donetsk region, the capital of Donbass that Russia cannot afford to lose.

The tone used implied that this retirement had been calculated. However, the situation seems difficult for Russia, which has just lost a significant number of localities. At the same time, Moscow is trying to focus the international community on the risk posed by bombardments near the Zaporijjia power plant, bombardments which it attributes to Ukraine.

A way also to sweep away a difficult situation, not far away, in the Kherson region. According to a Russian source relayed by several Russian-speaking media, the organization of a referendum to attach the occupied regions of southern Ukraine to Russia would no longer be relevant.

In Moscow, Paul Gogo


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