Ukraine’s defence forces continue to conduct a rapid counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region. The Russian occupiers have fled, leaving equipment, ammunition, weapons, and food.

The Ukrainian flag was officially raised in the town of Balakliya today, Head of Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Oleh Synehubov has said.

“Balakliya is Ukraine! Today, the Ukrainian flag was raised in Balakliya together with the military led by Commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi. Boys and girls of the Armed Forces, today you make a new history of free Ukraine. We are proud of you,” the official said.

In addition, MPs, bloggers, and military correspondents report that the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated Kupyansk from the Russian invaders. The de-occupation of the town was also confirmed by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) press service.

“Special forces personnel of the Centre of Special Operations ‘A’ of the Security Service of Ukraine are in Kupyansk, which has been and will always be Ukrainian! We will free our land to the last centimeter! We move further!” the post reads.

The Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom emphasises that the de-occupation of Kupyansk “will be a significant blow to Russia because it sits on supply routes to the Donbas front line.”

Currently, information is spreading on social networks that the advanced units of Ukrainian soldiers have already reached Izyum. Russian units panicked and left the town to avoid being encircled.

Also, Russian bloggers report that local collaborators are fleeing en masse to the Russian Federation from Svatove in the Luhansk region. Russian troops have allegedly already left this town.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are conducting a successful counteroffensive not only in the Kharkiv region, but also in the Kherson region.

“Our troops advanced from two to several dozens of kilometers in various areas of the southern front. In the near future, we will definitely reveal the names of localities that are happy to welcome our soldiers,” Natalia Humeniuk, the head of the joint coordination press centre of the Defence Forces of the South of Ukraine, said.

Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov is sure that after a few more, even small, victories of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the front, the Russians will begin to flee.

“A few more successes at the front in the form of certain, albeit insignificant, but victories, and the Russian troops will flee, and they will, believe me, because today we are destroying their logistics chains, warehouses, and so on. And the question will arise: where should they go? And morale… it will be like an avalanche, one line of defence will falter, and it will fall,” the minister said.

He also shared that everyone had already seen how the occupiers fled from the Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy regions, when the defenders of Ukraine began to push them out of there.

Bohdan Marusyak

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