Russian invasion forces destroyed 80% of the city of Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukrainian news outlet Hromadske reported on Sept. 13, citing the head of the Izyum City Council, Maksym Strelnyk.
“The destruction in the city is appalling,” Strelnyk said. “Almost 80% (of the city) is destroyed, mostly the residential buildings and high-rise buildings. An examination will show whether this figure is higher. Now, on the eve of winter, we must carry out a number of measures to ensure the city is livable during the heating season.”
He said that at least 1,000 people in the city had been killed by the Russians. The authorities managed to carry out an unofficial evacuation from Izyum, as the invaders didn’t provide humanitarian corridors.
“There was a case when Russian tanks shot at point-blank range in an apartment building and dozens of people died under its rubble,” the deputy said. “We also know about cases of people being arrested and murdered with firearms.”
The Ukrainian army continues to liberate settlements in the east and south of Ukraine from the Russian invaders. The head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, Oleh Synehubov, reported that in some areas of the region, Ukrainian defenders had already reached the state border.
Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said on Sept. 13 that since Sept. 6 the Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated 3,800 square kilometers in Kharkiv Oblast – including more than 300 settlements and about 150,000 Ukrainian citizens. She clarified that the actual number of liberated settlements is almost twice this number, the others having yet to be officially confirmed.
The Ukrainian military’s South Operational Command reported on Sept. 12 that the Southern Defense Forces had liberated 13 settlements since the beginning of active operations, with the area of liberated territories being more than 500 square kilometers.