Ukrainian troops isolate Russian forces near Izyum, likely to cut supply routes to Donbas, says British MoD

10 September, 01:02 PM
Ukrainian troops near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on September 7, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Ukrainian troops near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on September 7, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Russian forces were likely taken by surprise in Kharkiv Oblast after Ukrainian units captured or surrounded several towns, the UK Ministry of Defense said in its Defense Intelligence daily report on Sept. 10.

According to the British intelligence, a Russian force around the town of Izyum is likely increasingly isolated.

“Ukrainian units are now threatening the town of Kupyansk,” it said.

“Its capture would be a significant blow to Russia because it sits on supply routes to the Donbas front line. With Ukrainian operations also continuing in Kherson, the Russian defensive front is under pressure on both its northern and southern flanks.”

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The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in its Sept. 9 report that Ukrainian forces had recaptured an estimated 2,500 square kilometers in Kharkiv Oblast and have an opportunity to create a cauldron for Russian troops around Izyum.

Photos of Ukrainian defenders with a Ukrainian flag in Kupyansk, which had been under Russian occupation since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, have appeared on social networks.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine recaptured more than 30 settlements in Kharkiv Oblast over the past few days.

According to Ukraine’s General Staff, Ukrainian law enforcers are now recording numerous crimes by Russians in the liberated territories, while mine clearance is underway and the population is being provided with assistance.

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