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Russians admit defeat in Kharkiv; Zelenskyy visits Izium after troops flee shattered city: Ukraine live updates

Written by on September 14, 2022

A phalanx of navy consultants sweeping throughout Russian TV are admitting the Kremlin’s defeat in Kharkiv area as Ukraine forces on Wednesday pressed a counteroffensive that has pushed occupying troops out of about 300 northeastern cities and cities.

“The Kremlin acknowledged its defeat in Kharkiv Oblast, the primary time Moscow has overtly acknowledged a defeat,” the Institute for the Research of Conflict said in its assessment of the battle that started with Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion. 

Kremlin officers and state media propagandists on TV are extensively discussing the explanations for the Russian defeat in Kharkiv. Bogdan Bezpalko, a member of Russia’s Council for Interethnic Relations, lamented the lack of military reconnaissance forward of the counteroffensive, the Every day Beast reported.

“In fact, this can be a tactical defeat,” Bezpalko mentioned. “I hope it is going to be very sobering.”

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Blame deflected away from Putin

Beforehand, the Kremlin framed the retreat from Kyiv as a choice to prioritize the “liberation” of Donbas. The withdrawal from Snake Island was a “gesture of goodwill.”

Now, the Institute for the Research of Conflict mentioned the admission in Kharkiv is a part of an effort to deflect criticism for such a devastating failure away from Russian President Vladimir Putin and onto protection officers.

“The Russian Ministry of Protection initially supplied an analogous rationalization for the Russian failure in Kharkiv, claiming that Russian forces have been withdrawing troops from Kharkiv Oblast to regroup,” the institute’s evaluation says. “This false narrative confronted fast and loud criticism on-line.”

This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press service on Sept. 14, 2022, shows Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, center, posing with servicemen in the de-occupied city of Izyum, Kharkiv region.

Zelenskyy visits shattered metropolis of Izium

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Izium on Wednesday, simply days after Russian forces exited the town within the Kharkiv area. He toured condo buildings blackened by fireplace and pockmarked by artillery strikes. The whole middle of 1 residential constructing had collapsed. 

Zelenskyy took half within the ceremony of elevating the Ukraine flag within the metropolis’s central sq., in entrance of the destroyed municipal constructing.

“It’s doable to briefly occupy the territories of our state,” Zelenskyy mentioned. “However it’s undoubtedly unimaginable to occupy our individuals, the Ukrainian individuals.”

Contributing: The Related Press