Ukraine’s General Staff said Friday that the Ukrainian army had advanced 50 kilometers in the Kharkiv region in three days. The Russian editorial office of the BBC noted that the command in Kiev for the first time informs in “plain text” about a successful attack in the east of the country.
“The defense forces are conducting a successful counterattack in the Kharkiv direction. Thanks to skillful and concerted actions, the Armed Forces Ukrainewith the support of local residents, they moved almost 50 km in three days “- it was noted in the operational summary of the General Staff. According to the intelligence data, the enemy suffered significant losses and is trying to evacuate the wounded and damaged equipment to the area of Vilchuwatka and Borodojarske.
The staff also informs that more than 15 cases were recorded during the day when Russian soldiers deserted “in civilian clothes”, trying to flee to their country’s territory.
Ukrainian staff says “plain text”
As noted by the Russian editorial office of the BBC, in its report the staff writes for the first time in “open text” about the counterattack in the Balaklia region in the Kharkiv region. The Ukrainian authorities are pursuing a restrained information policy regarding offensive plans and actions in the south and east of the country, appealing to residents and the media for an “information silence”.
The first unofficial reports about the successes of Ukrainians near Balaklija and the recovery of the first villages appeared on Tuesday. On Thursday, the rebound of Balaklia itself was confirmed by the President of Ukraine. “Everything in its place. The flag of Ukraine in a free Ukrainian city under a free Ukrainian sky!” – he wrote Volodymyr Zelensky on Telegram. The head of state published a video in which a special forces soldier reports to the president taking control of the city against the background of a Ukrainian flag hanging on the roof of a building.
Before the Russian invasion, around 27,000 inhabitants of Balaklija are located halfway between Kharkiv and the cities of Kramatorsk, Slavyansk and Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. The town was occupied by Russian troops from the beginning of March.
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