– The Russians were constantly shooting at Kharkiv, because they were very close to the city. Thanks to the efforts of the territorial defense of Kharkiv and the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Russians withdrew away from the city area in the direction of border With Russia Mayor Ihor Terikov told the BBC.
Kharkiv Mayor: The Russians are withdrawing. People return to the city
He added that now Kharkiv is calm and people are gradually returning to the city. We provide all residents with water, gas and electricity. Unfortunately, many apartment buildings were destroyed. In the future, he said, we will have to do a huge reconstruction.
The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced, on Friday, the withdrawal of the Russians from the Kharkiv region. Kharkiv is the second largest city in Ukraine. Before the Russian aggression, there were 1.4 million people living there.
In turn, the British Ministry of Defense informed, via social media, that the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Kharkiv region is a “silent recognition of the powerlessness of the Russian Federation.” Russia To master the main cities of Ukraine. ”
Earlier about the Russian withdrawal army Books of the American Institute for the Studies of War. According to the report, the reason for the withdrawal was the fear of a counterattack by the Ukrainian army and insufficient forces. Rather than maintaining its position, Moscow is focusing on sending troops home and introducing new ones. “So it seems that Ukraine They won the battle of Kharkiv,” the institute’s analysts wrote in the report, because the Russians could not encircle the city, or even control it.
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