The Ukrainian army has already liberated 1,884 cities, towns, and villages from Russian troops since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Office of the President, said on Telegram on Dec. 30.
He also noted that the Ukrainian authorities came there immediately after the Armed Forces.
The restoration of infrastructure, electricity, water and gas supply is also underway, humanitarian aid is being provided, public services are being restored, and cash payments are being handled.
Since the first days of the war, Ukraine has been restoring everything that the Russians destroyed — housing, hospitals, schools, infrastructure, energy, added Tymoshenko.
The liberation and retreat of Russian troops to the eastern bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast became a new important milestone in the liberation of all territories of Ukraine occupied by Russia.
According to the US-based Institute of the Study of War (ISW), as of Nov. 12, Ukraine has liberated 63% of its territory captured by the Russian army since Feb. 24.
In February-March 2022, Russia managed to seize almost a fifth of the territory of Ukraine, or about 119,000 square kilometers. At the peak of the Russian invasion, taking into account the territories of Donbas captured after 2014, Russia occupied a little more than 160,000 square kilometers of Ukraine’s territory. However, the Armed Forces of Ukraine and additional defense forces managed to liberate almost half of this territory (47%) from the invaders: after kicking out the Russians first from Kyiv and the northern oblasts, then from the northeast, and finally from part of Kherson Oblast.