The first videos of the liberation of the town of Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast, occupied in the early days of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, have begun to make the rounds on social media on Sept. 10.
Earlier, the commander of Ukraine’s Svoboda Legion, Petro Kuzyk, announced the liberation of the town from the Russian invaders.
“Fighters in Svoboda Legion are reporting from Izyum, saying the Russians have fled the city, abandoning their equipment,” said Kuzyk.
“Not a single orc in the city center!”
Footage taken by the servicemen of a reconnaissance unit connected to the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at a former Russian checkpoint shows the Ukrainian flag being raised at the entrance to the town.
“We’re already in Izyum. Everything will be Ukraine! We will drive them to Moscow,” one of the fighters said.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military’s operation to liberate Kherson Oblast continues.
The Ukrainian army has kept the strategic Antonivskyi Bridge and other crossings across the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast under sustained fire, thereby preventing Russian troops from restoring critical supply routes.
As Ukrainian troops block the deployment of Russian units, the capabilities of the Russian Armed Forces in the region are being severely diminished, military experts say.
And while the Ukrainian military’s General Staff has refrained from commenting on updates regarding the liberation of Kherson, earlier reports has indicated that a number of settlements have been liberated.
Additionally, Ukrainian partisans continue to eliminate pro-Kremlin collaborators who have voluntarily agreed to work for the invading Russian forces in Kherson Oblast.
Due to Ukraine’s ongoing success in liberating the region, the occupying authorities decided against holding a sham referendum on “joining” the Ukrainian territories under occupation to Russia, Ukrainian intelligence services have said.