Ukrainian forces have advanced from two to several dozens of kilometers in some areas in southern Ukraine, head of the joint coordination press center of the Ukrainian military’s Operational Command South, Natalia Humeniuk, said on Ukrainian national television on Sept. 10.
“And we’ll report soon on those settlements that are happy to welcome our soldiers,” she added.
Commenting on a report regarding the transfer of a unit of up to 1,300 fighters from the so-called “Kadyrovtsy” formation, who are supposed to strengthen the Russian forces in Kherson Oblast, Humeniuk said Army Command had recorded this redeployment, but so far these troops were too far away to influence operations.
Humeniuk added that the military believes that the “Kadyrovtsy” realize that Ukraine’s Armed Forces have fire control over large swathes of territory – completely covering the right and some parts of the left bank of the Dnipro River.
“They’re trying to stay away from being in this damage zone,” Humeniuk stressed.
“Those reserves that are now deployed on the right bank and are being transferred by artificially created crossings – a barge, a tugboat, a boat – these are the ‘LPR/DPR’ fighters, aged 55-60.”
The official added that even the units that have arrived to reinforce the area have refused to do so.
Meanwhile, on the northern front, 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.
Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that since Sept. 1, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated more than 1,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory and dozens of settlements from the Russian invasion forces.
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.
The Ukrainian military has also recaptured the town of Kupyansk, which was an important logistical hub for the Russian invaders, through which supplies traveled to the town of Izyum, which is currently contested by Ukrainian forces.