Russian army retreats from Kharkiv
Ukraine’s General Staff said Russian troops were withdrawing from the northeastern city of Kharkiv and were now focusing their attention on protecting the supply route. He said the Russian army launched mortars, artillery as well as air strikes in the eastern Donetsk area to target Ukrainian troops and destroy their barricades. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Ukraine is entering a new era of protracted war.
Ukraine pushed back the Russian army
The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, said Ukraine appeared to have won the Battle of Kharkiv. Ukrainian forces at first prevented Russian troops from laying siege to the city. For this reason they could not capture Kharkiv and then drove them out from around the city. This means that Ukrainian artillery can now target the city of Vovchansk. The Russian army’s supply line passes through this city, which delivers weapons and food items to the Donbass.
Mayor said – restoring electricity, water, gas supply
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov told the BBC that Russian troops had only once managed to enter a small part of the north-eastern city. However, he was thrown out within a few days. He said that Russian troops stationed near the city of Kharkiv were firing continuously. But now that they had retreated, ‘people are slowly coming back to town. We are restoring the supply of water, gas and electricity to all citizens. However, unfortunately, many residential buildings have been destroyed or damaged. Therefore, in the future we will have to do a huge reconstruction.
Small towns more at risk from Russian army attacks
Regional governor Oleh Sinegubov shared a post on Telegram saying that there had been no firing on Kharkiv for the past several days. He said Russian troops were focusing on smaller towns rather than large ones. In such a situation, small settlements are more prone to Russian attack.