Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the recently liberated town of Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast, the 25th separate Sicheslav Airborne Brigade said in a report on Facebook on Sept. 14.
"Today, the flag of Ukraine was raised in Izyum, which was liberated by Ukrainian paratroopers," the brigade’s message reads.
The brigade said Zelenskyy, Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Malyar, representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military units that liberated the city from the invaders a few days ago took part in a ceremony to mark the liberation of the area.
At the beginning of the ceremony, attendees honored the memory of the fallen defenders with a minute of silence. After that, Zelenskyy thanked the soldiers for liberating Ukrainian territory, and the Ukrainian flag was raised over the city council in a solemn ceremony.
The Ukrainian army managed to liberate about 40 settlements during its counter-offensive in Kharkiv Oblast, including Balakliya, Kupyansk and Izyum. On Sept 11, the flag of Ukraine appeared over Vovchansk, near Ukraine’s international border with Russia.
The settlement is located only three kilometers from the Russian border, and had been under Russian occupation for over six months.