Russian invaders are fleeing from the village of Kozacha Lopan in Kharkiv Oblast, which is five kilometers from the Russian-Ukrainian border, the mayor of the nearby town of Derhachi, Vyacheslav Zadorenk,o reported on Facebook on Sept. 11.
"According to our information, rascists are fleeing from Kozacha Lopan to (Russia’s) Belgorod, going from house to house and ‘evacuating’ the local population,” his Facebook post reads.
“We are waiting for official information from the General Staff.”
The Ukrainian flag is already flying in the village, the Derhachi Town Council reported on Telegram.
In early September, the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched an active counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast. As of Sept. 12, the Russian military has acknowledged a total retreat from the oblast, which is named as a “regrouping”, claiming that it was moving troops further south into Donbas.
Officially, Ukrainian authorities have confirmed the liberation of the town of Balakliya and Kupyansk, and have noted that the de-occupation of the logistical hub of Izyum is ongoing.
Overall, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, since the beginning of September, the Ukrainian military liberated about 2,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory.