The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to liberate the territories occupied by Russia, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyi reported on social media on Sept. 11.
According to him, since the beginning of September, over 3,000 square kilometers have been returned under Ukrainian control. The Ukrainian military is 50 km away from the state border in Kharkiv Oblast in eastern Ukraine.
"On the Kharkiv axis we started to advance not only to the south and east, but also to the north,” Zaluzhnyi said.
“There are 50 km left to get to the state border.”
Zaluzhnyi also posted a photo with the results of the work of several units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which liberated the villages of Bayrak, Nova Husarivka, Shchurivka, and Vilkhuvatka in Kharkiv Oblast.
"The capture of powerful fortifications of the Russian troops, which they proudly called ‘Maskva’, ‘Omsk’ and ‘Piter’, allowed the launch of a counteroffensive on Balakliya, Izyum and Kupyansk,” Zaluzhnyi added.
“I am proud and grateful to every Ukrainian service member. I am honored to fight side by side with you. Those who fell in the battles for Ukraine shall stay in our memories forever.”
In early September, the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched an active counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast. As of Sept. 9, Ukrainian defenders liberated more than 30 settlements of the region.
Overall, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, since the beginning of September, the Ukrainian military has already liberated about 2,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory.
The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged the retreat of its army on the Kharkiv axis, calling it a "regrouping". The department justifies that in or-der to achieve the goals of the "special operation", it was allegedly de-cided to regroup troops in the areas of Balakliya and Izyum in order to step up efforts on the Donetsk axis.