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Ukrainian A US defense think tank said Friday that troops “appear to have won” the Battle of Kharkiv after they managed to drive Russian forces out of the city.
A report from the Institute for the Study of War said: Russian The forces did not try to withstand Ukraine’s counterattack around Kharkiv for the past several days.
The second largest city in Ukraine has been under enemy fire since Russia started its work Invade In late February.
The think tank said the Kremlin appears to be withdrawing its forces and is looking to replace its army with proxy forces rather than trying to hold its positions near Kharkiv.
“So it seems that Ukraine has won the battle of Kharkiv,” the institute books. “Ukrainian forces prevented the Russian forces from encircling Kharkiv, let alone capturing it, and then drove them out from all over the city, as they did with the Russian forces who tried to take Kyiv.”
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said in a Facebook post on Friday night that the country was “entering a new, long phase of the war” and that he expected “very difficult weeks”.
Russia continues to attack villages north of Kharkiv. Just north of the city, there was debris in Dergachi after what local officials said was a Russian missile attack on the House of Culture, which is used to distribute aid.
“I cannot call it anything but a terrorist act,” said Dergache mayor Vyacheslav Zadorenko. Reuters. They wanted to hit the base where we store supplies and create a humanitarian disaster.