Some decisions of Russia, which started the war against Ukraine, seem to be taking a step back. On Saturday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the withdrawal of its troops from Kharkiv, Ukraine. In the past few weeks, Ukraine’s military has gained a significant edge over its anti-military forces. The fighting between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for more than six months. At the beginning of the war the Russian army had gained the lead. Many cities are still occupied by the Russian army.
Russia’s state-run news agency TASS quoted the country’s defense ministry as saying it had ordered troops to leave the area around the city of Izum in Kharkiv province. Behind the withdrawal of the troops, the Defense Ministry has said that they will be sent to operations in neighboring Donysk. It is noteworthy that Izum was an important base of the Russian army in Kharkiv.
The announcement from the Russian government came hours after Ukrainian troops captured the city of Kupiyansk in the country’s north. The city of Kupiyansk is believed to be the hub of the revels and it was from here that the northeastern Ukraine was supplying Russian military equipment. Ukrainian troops have suddenly cut off supplies to Russian troops across the front.
The city was a major supply center and for several months there was conflict between the Russian and Ukrainian forces. After the capture of the city, the Ukrainian army shared pictures on social media saying that the city will always belong to Ukraine. A regional officer shared pictures of this city with a population of 27000 and said that we have recaptured this city.
Russian media quoted the Defense Ministry as saying, “In order to achieve the set goals of the special military operation for the liberation of the Donbass and to enhance efforts in Donsk, it has been decided to withdraw Russian troops stationed in Balaklya and Izum districts.” On the other hand, there is no confirmation from the Ukrainian authorities that they have recaptured Izium.