Putin vows to keep fighting and take back Ukrainian territory

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Russian forces may attempt to regroup to retake some of the territory they lost in Ukraine after being routed in the east of the country last week, according to an intelligence report on Saturday.

“Russia will likely attempt to mount a stubborn defense of this area, but it is unclear whether Russian frontline forces have sufficient reserves or adequate morale to withstand another concerted Ukrainian assault,” the official said. latest intelligence update of the UK Ministry of Defence.

Ukrainian forces continued their offensive in the northeast of the country, where last week they captured most of the Kharkiv region, including the town of Izium, which had been a major Russian resupply hub.

For their part, Russian troops have established a defensive line between the Oskil River and the town of Svatove – a key resupply route stretching from Russia’s Belgorod region, according to the intelligence briefing.

“Our offensive operation in Donbass does not stop,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a summit in Uzbekistan. “They’re advancing – not at a very fast pace – but they’re gradually taking more and more territory.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russian troops were advancing, “not at a very fast pace – but they are gradually taking more and more territory.”


Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers pose for a photo.

Putin said Russian troops had a defensive line between the Oskil River and the town of Svatove.


Putin has threatened a “more serious” response if Ukrainian attacks continue.

“I remind you that the Russian army is not fighting in its entirety,” he said. “Only the professional army fights.”

Despite the success of the counteroffensive, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky said it was too early to say the tide of the war was turning in Ukraine’s favor and continued to press for more weapons from from the Western allies. “It is too early to say that the tide of war, with Russia, is turning, because the outcome depends on the prompt delivery of foreign weapons to Ukraine,” Zelensky said in a virtual address Friday.

He added that towns and villages recaptured from Russian forces had been devastated and accused Russia of war crimes in Izium, where Ukrainian emergency service workers dug a mass grave in a forest outside the city ​​this week.

A photo of Ukrainian President Zelensky with soldiers.

Ukrainian forces captured most of the Kharkiv region, including the important Russian resupply site, Izium.


Forensic technicians carry a body bag to a forest outside the city of Izium.

Ukrainian rescue workers dug a mass grave in a forest outside the town of Izium.


Izium, which was overrun in April, has been used by Russian forces as a key military hub to supply their troops in the eastern part of the country.

Kharkiv regional prosecutor Olexander Ilyenkov told the BBC there was no doubt that war crimes had been committed in the city.

“In the first pit, there is a civilian who has a rope around her neck. So we see the traces of torture,” he said.



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