Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his country’s forces had retaken 6,000 km2 (2,400 sq mi) of territory from Russian control in the south and east of the country. Ukrainian forces continued to support their counterattack in Kharkiv, seeking to take control of almost the entire province. Ukrainian troops moved north, apparently retaking towns up to the Russian border, and a video of a Ukrainian soldier circulated in the center of the strategic town of Izium.
Russian military commanders stopped sending new units to Ukraine after the counteroffensivethe general staff of the armed forces of Ukraine said Monday on his Facebook page. “The military command of the Russian Federation suspended the dispatch of new, already formed units to the territory of Ukraine. The current situation in the theater of operations and distrust of the higher command forced a large number of volunteers to categorically refuse the prospect of service in combat conditions.
Russian troops left behind stockpiles of ammunition and other supplies following the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kharkiv Oblast, reports the Kyiv Independent. The newspaper reported that Russian soldiers dropped their weapons on the ground as they fled, some jumping on stolen bicycles and trying to pose as locals. One analyst estimated that more than 300 vehicles, including tanks, self-propelled mortars and supply trucks, had been lost between 7 and 11 September.
Russia responded to the counteroffensive by launching missile strikes that cut off electricity and water supplies to the city of Kharkiv for the second time in less than 24 hours., knocking out the two on Monday morning just hours after city officials restored 80% of public services that had been cut overnight. Ukraine also said Russia launched 18 missiles and 39 airstrikes overnight. At least four civilians were killed and 11 others injured, the presidential office in Kyiv added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on state television on Monday evening, chairing a meeting on the economy in which he made no reference to the military situation and said Russia is holding firm in the face of Western sanctions. “The economic blitzkrieg tactic, the assault they were counting on, didn’t work.” Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the “military operation is continuing” and “it will continue until the initially set goals are achieved.”
The United States believes that Russia largely ceded its gains near Kharkiv and many retreating Russian soldiers left Ukraine, crossing the border into Russia, a senior US military official said on Monday. However, the American think tank Institute for the Study of War said that “Ukraine has turned the tide in its favor, but the current counteroffensive will not end the war”.
Ukrainian authorities say they are capturing so many Russian prisoners of war that the country lacks space to put them, reports the Associated Press. Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich did not specify the number of Russian prisoners, but said the POWs would be exchanged for Ukrainian servicemen held by Moscow. Military intelligence spokesman Andrey Yusov said captured troops included a “significant” number of Russian officers.
City deputies from 18 districts of Moscow and St. Petersburg signed a public statement demanding the resignation of Vladimir Putin. “We, the municipal deputies of Russia, believe that the actions of President Vladimir Putin harm the future of Russia and its citizens,” read the statement issued by Ksenia Torstrem, municipal deputy for the Semenovsky district in Saint -Petersburg. “It is not yet forbidden for deputies to have an opinion. And it is also not forbidden to speak for the resignation of the president. He is not a monarch, but a salaried worker, who receives a salary from our taxes.