Zelensky claims that Ukraine took over several localities from the Russians near Kharkiv

Zelensky claims Ukraine has taken over several settlements from the Russians near Kharkiv


KYIV | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that Kyiv forces had recaptured several localities in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine from Russian troops, without giving any details. 

“This week we have good news from the Kharkiv region,” Zelensky said in his evening video speech broadcast on social media. Refusing to name them, he spoke of “localities where the Ukrainian flag has returned”.

Observers have reported in recent days of a supposed breakthrough by Ukrainian forces in the Kharkiv region, without these information is however verifiable from an independent source.

Ukraine has been carrying out a counter-offensive in the south of its territory since last week, for which it also claims success, while Moscow claims to inflict heavy losses to his adversary.

The Kharkiv region has been partly occupied by the Russian army since the start of the invasion on February 24. The city of the same name, the second largest in Ukraine, is regularly targeted by deadly bombardments, but Moscow forces have never managed to seize it.