Liberation of Balakliya in Kharkiv Oblast officially confirmed by President Zelenskyy

9 September, 10:06 AM
The flag of Ukraine in Balaklia, August 8 (Photo:via Sternenko / Telegram)

The flag of Ukraine in Balaklia, August 8 (Photo:via Sternenko / Telegram)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy published a video of Ukrainian servicemen raising the Ukrainian flag over the town of Balakliya in Kharkiv Oblast on Sept. 8.

The posted footage shows Ukrainian service members standing against the background of the flag of Ukraine in Balakliya, with a Russian tricolor under their feet.

"The city of Balakliya in Kharkiv Oblast is under (Ukrainian) control,” a Ukrainian soldier says in the video.

“The order has been executed. Russian troops have withdrawn.”

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Zelenskyy, in turn, thanked the Ukrainian armed forces for their work.

Earlier, the Armed Forces of Ukraine raised Ukrainian flags in a number of settlements of Kharkiv Oblast that were previously occupied by the Russian forces.

The liberation of Balakliya clears the way to nearby Kupiansk, which, in turn, would allow Kyiv to threaten Russia’s major logistical node to Izyum, where for months Russian invasion forces have attempted to launch an attack into Donetsk Oblast.

In recent days, Ukraine has launched counter-offensive operations in Kherson and Kharkiv oblasts, recapturing at least 400 square kilometers of land in two days.

Military experts agree that the pace of the Ukrainian advance has caught Russian forces in Kharkiv Oblast off-guard, prompting them to retreat in haste, abandoning much of their military equipment.

Prior to that, a photo was released of the Ukrainian flag above the hospital in the village of Vysokopillia in Kherson Oblast, which had been occupied by the Russian invaders since March 13.

Oleksiy Arestovych, the advisor to the President’s Office, confirmed on Sept. 6 that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had also liberated the village of Olhyne in Kherson Oblast.

Russian occupation authorities in Kherson Oblast recently announced they are putting a planned illegal annexation referendum “on hold, due to the deteriorating security situation.”

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