Russia withdraws from Balakleya and Izium before the Ukrainian advance


The Russian Ministry of Defense has reported this Saturday of the “redeployment” of the troops that were until now in the towns of Balekleya and Izium in the face of what they say from kyiv is a counterattack.

The official spokesman for the Ministry, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, explained that it is an initiative to strengthen the Donetsk region, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

“The decision has been made to regroup the Russian troops stationed in the Balakleya and Izium regions to enhance actions towards Donetsk and thus achieve the declared objectives of the special military operation to liberate Donbas,” Konashenkov was quoted as saying. by TASS.

This transfer would have been carried out for three days with the support of diversionary actions. “A severe defeat has been dealt to the enemy using aviation, missiles and artillery to avoid any damage to the Russian troops,” Konashenkov said.

In addition, the Russian Ministry of Defense has published a video in which a military convoy with BTR-82A vehicles and D-20 artillery can be seen. In the images you can see the already known symbols on vehicles with the letters Z and V, as well as the new Russian symbol, a circle within a triangle.

This same Saturday, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have reported this Saturday of the seizure of the town of Kupiansk, in the Kharkov region, until now controlled by Russian forces, at the gates of Izium. They would also be close to Lisichansk.

Kupiansk is a key point of the Russian logistics supply route from Russian territory to the city of Izium, analysts quoted by the Ukrainian press point out.

This advance is part of the offensive launched by the Ukrainian forces on August 29 in the Kherson and Kharkov regions, which has allowed them to recover 30 towns in Kharkov.

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