Ukrainian forces had retaken a swath of territory occupied by Russia last night after launching a spectacular counterattack.
And the Russians were running for their lives President Vladimir Putin He faced the most humiliating setback of his disastrous campaign.
A drastic profit came after the Russian general was tricked into believing that the enemy was focused on recapturing the southern city of Kherson.
They moved thousands of soldiers and weapons to the Southern Front to resist the fake offensive. The door to the Kharkov region remained wide open.
Ukrainian special forces spokesman Tara Berezovets said: “It was a large-scale special disinformation operation.
“Russia thought it was in the south and moved the equipment.
“Then the attack happened where they least expected it, not in the south, and this caused them to panic and flee.”
Ukrainian If successful, Zelensky’s forces have tripled their profits in just 24 hours in the region over the past few weeks.
In Saturday’s lightning-fast advance, Ukrainian forces entered the key towns of Kupiansk and Izium. Russia A month that spans March.
Fighting raged yesterday over settlements around Izium after more than 30 towns and villages in the Kharkiv region were recaptured.
Social media lining the streets were photographed cheering citizens as they welcomed the liberators shouting “Thank you, everyone!”
Scenes unfolded in which bewildered Russian troops are seen retreating past burnt-out vehicles bearing the invasion “Z” symbol.
The photo also shows troops hoisting the Ukrainian flag over Kupiansk, a rail hub on one of Russia’s main supply routes to the east.
Russia’s retreat sparked unprecedented overt attack on warmonger Putin Moscow Yesterday — even close allies are piling up.
Chechen magnate Ramzan Kadyrov, who supplied Putin with thousands of troops, said:
“You may not like it when the truth is told to your face. Clearly people were not prepared for this.”
And pro-war Igor Gurkin sarcastically praised “the brilliant operation of transferring the cities of Izium, Balaklya and Kupyansk to our esteemed Ukrainian partners.”
but the previous british army Commander-in-chief, General Sir Richard Barons, yesterday called attention.
He said: “Ukrainians saw an opportunity and did a very good job of seizing it.
“It will be booming and oversold, but Russia still holds 20% of Ukrainian territory.
“The battle of Kherson is of real strategic importance. This will continue for some time.”
Professor Michael Clarke: Bears are an afterthought
This is a big moment. For the first time in this conflict, the Russians were defeated in battle.
They didn’t just withdraw. Kyiv And Kharkov, after realizing they stretched themselves too far.
Here in Donbass the Russians lost — badly. they collapsed.
The most important thing for Ukrainians now is to maintain this offensive.
They fight like modern armies. Their message to the West is clear.
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