Russian forces reportedly flee Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast

10 September, 03:42 PM
The Russian garrison at Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, has fled the city (Photo:General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Facebook)

The Russian garrison at Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, has fled the city (Photo:General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Facebook)

Surrounded by the cascading collapse of Russian defenses in the region and facing rapidly advancing Ukrainian troops, the Russian garrison at Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, has fled the city, commander of Ukraine’s Svoboda Legion, Petro Kuzyk said in a Facebook post on Sept. 10.

“Fighters in Svoboda Legion are reporting from Izyum, saying the Russians have fled the city, abandoning their equipment,” said Kuzyk.

“Not a single orc in the city center!”

Official Ukrainian sources are yet to provide any details regarding Izyum’s apparent liberation.

At the same time, Russian social media chatter seems to confirm Izyum has been abandoned.

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The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) continue their multi-pronged counteroffensive in both Kherson and Kharkiv oblasts, which began on Aug. 29.

Key bridges across the Dnipro River are constantly disrupted by Ukrainian artillery, leaving Moscow’s troops on Dnipro’s western bank largely cut off from supplies and reinforcements.

The pace of the Ukrainian advance in Kharkiv Oblast has stunned military observers, who have estimated Kyiv has liberated 2,500 square kilometers of land in a span of several days.

Ukraine’s General Staff remains tight-lipped on how the counteroffensive is going, adhering to a strict operations security regime.

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