The Kharkiv offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine became a turning point in the war, when Ukraine finally seized the initiative under its control. In addition to the liberated territories and the strategic blocking of supply routes, this event gave great political dividends.
Experts in the field of military affairs spoke about the events of recent days on the fronts.
. The most important conclusion, perhaps, will be - a brilliantly planned and implemented operation, the results of which exceeded all expectations
“On September 9, advanced Ukrainian units reached Kupyansk, a major railway and road junction on which Russian forces in Izyum largely depended.. As the Ukrainian troops approached Kupyansk, separate formations moved southeast along the Oskol reservoir, freeing the Senkovo and Gorokhovatka crossings, which the Russian Izyum group could use for an organized withdrawal. As a result, on September 10, the Russians left Izyum, leaving most of their heavy weapons and ammunition intact as spoils of war for the Ukrainian forces. Ukrainian forces then turned north and by 12 September had liberated Veliky Burluk and Volchansk near the Russian border.
Unconditional success on the battlefield was reflected both in the political arena and in the information field.As soon as it became known that the Ukrainian military was entrenched in the returned territories, the West again started talking about increasing assistance to Ukraine, and also supported the right of Kyiv to the military return of all territories. Despite the fact that the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, insisted on a diplomatic solution to the conflict, after the offensive, he emphasized that this right depends solely on the will of the Ukrainian government. NATO countries have started talking about providing new types of weapons, including the long-awaited Abrams tanks.
In the camp of the enemy, they mentioned the need for negotiations with Ukraine. Some time later, unable to deny their helplessness, the Russian Ministry of Defense admitted that they had been defeated in the Kharkov direction, and Putin ordered his oligarchs to create PMCs.
The propaganda of the aggressor was also defeated. In social networks and instant messengers, “war correspondents” who were directly at the scene of the events began to furiously blame the high command for the defeat. In the comments under their posts, the Russians wrote that they had all been deceived all this time. Federal propagandists, due to the lack of materials in the training manuals for such a case, did not know what to say and began to say absurd things, such as “reconciliation”, the defeat of Russian troops, “why did we start this.” Official representatives of the Kremlin and the Ministry of Defense remained silent for a long time, after which they announced a “planned regrouping of troops in the Donetsk direction”, a “cunning plan”, a “trap”. Putin completely disappeared from the information space, appearing only to be present (via video link) at the opening of the Ferris wheel in Moscow.The “icing on the cake” was the fireworks at the bottom of the city in the capital, at a time when the Ukrainian defenders recaptured in a few days the territories that the occupiers spent several months to conquer and continued to advance, destroying and capturing hundreds of occupiers.
Ukrainian troops have shown themselves to be masters of maneuver warfare and operational art, despite the lack of a sufficient amount of artillery, armored vehicles and manned aircraft.. First of all, the offensive in the Kharkiv region was a major strategic victory for Kyiv, as successful actions on the ground disproved the views of skeptics in the West that the war in Ukraine would be a protracted stalemate in which neither side could achieve key political goals with major offensives. operations. The myth about the “power” of the Russian army was irrevocably dispelled. It turned out that the aggressor proved to be even worse in defense than in the offensive.. The Kremlin saw the Ukrainian interpretation of the expression “we haven’t started anything by and large”, which led to an increase in protest moods in Russia, including among the elites,” military analysts report.