The restoration of infrastructure and preparation for the cold season will begin in the liberated territories of Kharkiv Oblast in the near future, regional governor Oleg Synegubov said on Telegram on Sept. 9.
According to him, now the de-occupied settlements are being cleaned up, the Ukrainian police and other services are returning there, the work of the public authorities is resuming, and aid is being provided to the population.
Synegubov stressed that the Ukrainian military was making progress on the Balakliya axis and "other axes, but it is too early to talk about it now".
The official also called on residents of the city of Kharkiv and its surrounding oblast to be extremely cautious, as the Russian invasion forces have intensified shelling of settlements as a reaction to the success of the Ukrainian military on the battlefield.
Earlier, the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported that the Ukrainian army had used tactical surprise to recapture approximately 400 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory on Sept. 6-7. ISW described the counter-attacks of Ukrainian forces in the area of Izyum and Balakliya as "local, but very effective."
The General Staff confirmed that the Ukrainian army had liberated more than 20 settlements in Kharkiv Oblast and penetrated 50 kilometers behind the former Russian front line.
It was not officially specified which settlements were liberated, but, according to open sources, Ukrainian forces have raised the flag of Ukraine in Balakliya, Verkhovyi Yar, Ivanivka, Borshchivka, and Shevchenkove.
On the evening of Sept. 8, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed the liberation of Balakliya.