Successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region: Balakleya was liberated, Kupyansk is next, - ISW

09:25 09 September Kyiv, Ukraine

The Russian Ministry of Defense finds it difficult to respond to unexpected Ukrainian operations, as its communications strategy is based on portraying the Russian invasion of Ukraine as an easy and sure-fire operation.

The Ukrainian defenders continue their counter-offensive in the Kharkiv direction, where 20 settlements have already been liberated, and over the next 72 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine can also liberate Kupyansk, which is an important logistic hub for the occupiers.

Such forecasts were made by analysts at the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

"Ukrainian forces in the counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region on September 8 advanced 20 kilometers from the main rear hub of Russia in Kupyansk. Ukrainian forces are likely to capture Kupyansk within the next 72 hours, seriously degrading, but not completely cutting off, Russian land lines to Izyum.

It is worth noting that on September 8, it became known that Ukrainian soldiers liberated the city of Balakleya, Kharkiv region, from Russian invaders.. The corresponding appeal of the soldiers to the president was published on social networks by Volodymyr Zelensky, which confirmed the information about the battle for Balakliya, which was written about in social networks and the media over the past few days.