Updates: 14.05.2022 10:47
Washington – Russian troops are likely to leave their positions in and around Kharkov, and Ukraine has managed to win the battle for its second largest city. This is stated by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). According to the Ukrainian General Staff, Russian troops are now focusing on leaving the city and its surroundings. The conquest of Kharkov was originally one of the main targets of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the BBC said today. In a television interview, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, expressed his belief that the war would end by the end of the year.
According to the ISW, the Russian army has not tried to gain new positions in the city in recent days, due to the Ukrainian counter-offensive and difficulties in replenishing its troops. The Russian army failed to achieve its goal of encircling the city and subsequently occupying it. “So it seems that Ukraine has won the battle for Kharkov,” the ISW said.
According to a statement from the Ukrainian General Staff for the AFP agency, Russian troops in Kharkov and the surrounding area are now concentrating on leaving their positions. According to Reuters reporters, Kharkov has been relatively calm in the last two weeks. However, Moscow reported shelling around Kharkov and claims that its missiles hit an army warehouse on Friday.
According to the ISW, Russian military attacks are now focused on the cities of Izjum and Donetsk, where invading troops have had little success. The main effort of the Russian army is now to encircle the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk on the Donbas, the institute said.
The occupation of Kharkov was one of the main targets of the Russian invasion, and the city has faced heavy shelling since the beginning of the conflict at the end of February, killing hundreds of civilians. Kyiv claims that the Russian army deliberately aimed at civilian targets, which Moscow refuses.
The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Budanov, said in an interview with the British television station Sky News that the war would probably end by the end of the year. A break in the fighting is expected in August. “As a result, we will restore Ukrainian control over the entire territory we lost, including Donbas and Crimea,” Budanov said. According to him, the failure in the war will lead to the removal of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, according to the Ukrainian general, is in “very poor physical and mental condition”.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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