Ukrainian Counter-Offensive Pushes Back Russian Forces
Following months of stalemates and grueling battles of attrition, Ukrainian forces appear to have turned the tide. A recently initiated counter-offensive campaign has erased gains made by invading Kremlin forces in the eastern region of the country and fractured the Russian frontline.
Since it became clear early in the war that Russia underestimated the Ukrainians’ military capabilities and will to resist reincorporation into the Russian system, the two sides have dug into their positions and made little gains. The start of Ukraine’s highly anticipated counter-offensive has broken that routine.
In the east near Kharkiv, the second-largest city in the country, reports state Ukrainian forces have advanced roughly 50 km, or about 30 miles, in three days. In the southern region bordering the Black Sea, where the Russians have pushed the furthest into the country, a Ukrainian advance is threatening to encircle Russian forces occupying the city of Kherson. Kherson fell to the Russians early in the war and is a crucial step in Moscow’s march to Odesa, a port-city on the Black Sea that is economically vital for Kyiv and the continued resistance.
The Ukrainian’s advance was covered moderately across the spectrum, but was buried by the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death. NBC News featured a quotation from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that was not present in most coverage, encouraging a continued stream of support for Ukraine from Western nations.
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From the LeftUkraine punches through Russian lines as surprise offensive retakes land in the east
Ukrainian forces surged forward in the country's east Friday after punching through Russian defenses in a surprise counteroffensive that could prove a decisive turning point in the war.
Kyiv said its military had recaptured swaths of territory in a thrust centered on the region around Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city.
Officials shared a flood of images and videos from the region, with some verified by NBC News showing soldiers raising Ukrainian flags over once-occupied towns and villages or posing victoriously next to road signs. Others appeared to show troops being met...
From the RightUkraine’s one-two-punch counter-offensive catches Russians by surprise
Ukrainian forces surprised occupying Russians with a one-two punch Thursday, pushing deep into enemy territory to open a second front in Kyiv’s counterattack.
Ukrainian authorities announced the liberation of 20 villages in the northeast, outside Kharkiv, as the military pushed for the occupied city of Izyum — all while continuing a fierce fight for Kherson in the south.
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From the CenterUkraine retakes territory in Kharkiv region as Russian front crumbles
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After keeping silent for a day, Russia effectively acknowledged a section of its frontline had crumbled southeast of Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv.
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