How is the Ukrainian army counter-offensive going

How is the Ukrainian army counter-offensive going

The Ukrainian army should have recaptured about a thousand square kilometers of territory during the first week of September. It is the effect of the surprise counter-offensive that penetrated for about 50 kilometers inside the enemy lines, launched by the Ukrainian defenders in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions, thanks to which dozens of villages were liberated by the occupying troops of Russia.

News comes fast, driven in particular by social media, so it is still difficult to have independent confirmation of the actual outcome of the Ukrainian counter-offensive. But videos and dispatches from Western intelligence services seem to confirm the claims of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: the occupiers are suffering heavy losses and have been forced to retreat.

What is happening at the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia The fighting around at the plant they did not stop. While Moscow refuses to demilitarize the area, a United Nations mission is on its way to the plant, to assess the physical damage, the working conditions of the personnel and check the state of the security and protection systems Data from the front From the region of Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine located in the north-eastern part of the country, up to that of Kherson, the capital of the southern district of the same name on the border with Crimea, the Ukrainian advance seems to proceed rapidly towards the largest urban centers still in Russian hand. Progress at the front coincided with the visit to Kyiv by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who told Reuters that he had "received a complete update on the counter-offensive" from which "clear and real progress on the ground, particularly around Kherson, but also some interesting developments in the Donbass ”.

Other confirmations also seem to arrive from the military study center Institute for the study of war, which predicts that Ukraine may be able to conquer the city of Kupyansk, in the Kharkiv region, in 72 hours, between 9 and September 11th. "Russian positions in the rear of the Kharkiv Oblast are now exposed to further Ukrainian advances and Ukrainian forces will likely capture Kupyansk within the next 72 hours. The loss of Kupyansk, and other rear areas on critical land lines, will hinder the Russian efforts to support offensive and defense operations, but it will not completely disrupt Russian lines of communication to Izyum ", reads the statement of the institute reported by the Guardian.

The death toll of the war in Ukraine A six months since the beginning of the Russian invasion, at least 5 thousand civilians have been killed, of which more than 300 minors. 22% of the Ukrainian territory is under Russian occupation and there are about 6.6 million refugees Resistance against occupation In addition, together with official military actions, the Ukrainian partisan resistance continues to operate incessantly in the territories occupied by the Russians. In fact, in August alone, there were at least 9 attacks against Russian officials appointed by Moscow as administrators of the Ukrainian regions. The latest action was directed against the headquarters of the United Russia party, of which Russian leader Vladimir Putin belongs, opened in the southern city of Melitopol after the Russian occupation. The building, used to coordinate Russian propaganda and prepare Ukrainian citizens for a "referendum" to establish the area's annexation to the Russian Federation, was blown up. "Another step forward from the pseudo-referendum," Ukrainian mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, ironically wrote on Telegram in response to the news, as reported by The Daily Beast.

It's easy to understand that success of the counter-offensive, as well as Ukrainian courage and tenacity, is due to the strong military support given to Kyiv by the West. In recent weeks, the supply of drones and the economic commitments of the various European and North American countries in support of the Ukrainian defense have increased, thanks to which the country has not yet fallen under the yoke of Moscow.

Russia is buying weapons from North Korea This is stated by US intelligence, which believes it is a signal of the difficulties of the Russian industry in procuring technology on global markets Cut on the robot But in addition to the offensive systems, means have arrived in Ukraine high-tech for the assistance of civilians, continuously endangered by the indiscriminate bombing of the Russians. Among these is the TheMis robot, a remotely controlled ground vehicle used to evacuate injured civilians from conflict zones. The vehicle is so efficient that a Moscow think-tank, linked to the Russian military establishment, has put on its "head" a bounty of 1 million rubles, $ 16,000, for anyone who can capture it and take it to Moscow. To understand the value of the bounty, just consider that a Russian private soldier earns just over $ 13,000 a year, as reported by the Washington Post.

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