The Ukrainian army has captured nearly 2,500 km2 of territory controlled by Russian forces during its latest counteroffensive launched at the end of September, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday.
“This week alone, our soldiers liberated 776 km2 of territory in the east of our country and 29 locations, including six in the Luhansk region. A total of 2434 km2 of our territory and 96 localities have already been liberated since the beginning of this offensive operation.“, he welcomed in his daily speech posted on social networks.
In recent days, Kiev troops have made a second major push in the Kharkiv region (northeast), but in the south, near the Russian-held city of Kherson.
By mid-September, the Ukrainian president had nearly 6,000 km of his army’s first counteroffensive launched in early September.
The Ukrainian army announced a counteroffensive in early September in the south and then in the Kharkiv region in the country’s northeast, which borders Russia, forcing Moscow’s troops to retreat to other positions.
Russian forces claimed early gains in eastern Ukraine on Friday after a series of bitter setbacks on several fronts, but Kyiv appeared to be holding the initiative, calling on Russian soldiers to choose surrender.
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