Russian Defense Ministry ‘forgets’ to report loss of Balakliya in Kharkiv Oblast

9 September, 11:07 PM
The liberation of Balakliya from the Russians was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi in the evening of September (Photo:REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy)

The liberation of Balakliya from the Russians was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi in the evening of September (Photo:REUTERS/Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy)

Russia’s Ministry of Defense failed to mention the liberation of the city of Balakliya in Kharkiv Oblast by the Ukrainian army in its daily briefing, which was covered by the pro-Kremlin RIA Novosti news agency on Sept. 9.

Instead of information about the Ukrainian offensive in Kharkiv and Kherson oblasts, the representative of the Russian ministry again announced the alleged "destruction of HIMARS (rocket systems)."

The ministry regularly announces the destruction of Ukrainian HIMARS, sometimes reporting Ukrainian losses that exceed the number of HIMARS in service with the Ukrainian army.

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The Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the U.S. Pentagon previously reported that Russia failed to destroy a single system of this type. Moreover, media reports claimed that the Ukrainian army exhibited wooden models of HIMARS in the frontline areas, which the Russian army struck numerous times with expensive Kalibr missiles.

Nor did the Russian propagandists report on the liberation of settlements in the south and east of Ukraine.

The liberation of Balakliya from the Russian troops was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sept. 8. Numerous videos from the liberated city appeared in the media and on social networks.

In his evening address, the head of state noted that since Sept. 1, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated more than 1,000 square kilometers of the territory of Ukraine and dozens of settlements from the Russian invasion forces.

Earlier, the General Staff confirmed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had liberated more than 20 settlements in Kharkiv Oblast and penetrated 50 kilometers behind the enemy’s defensive lines.

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