Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday announced a “rapid and strong” advance of his army in the south, and reported that “dozens” of localities had recaptured “this week” from the Russians in this region and in the east.
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In his daily speech posted on social media, he said the Ukrainian army is making “quick and fairly strong progress in the south of our country”.
Mr. Zelensky welcomed “dozens of localities were liberated only this week” in the four regions annexed by Russia late last week.
He cited in particular eight localities captured by Kyiv forces in the Kherson (south) region, where the Russian army has retreated according to maps provided by the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday.
The maps presented by Moscow, in comparison with the maps of the previous day, show that the Russian forces left a large number of localities in the Kherson region, especially the Dudchany region on the western bank of the Dnieper River, while the Ukrainian army was advancing. There is a counterattack for several weeks, which he has struggled to break through so far.
A map of the Kharkiv (Northeast) region shows that the Russians have left almost all of the eastern bank of the Uskil River, the last area of the region that they still control.
Our soldiers don’t stop. “It is only a matter of time before we expel the occupier from all our lands,” the Ukrainian head of state stressed.