Russia withdraws troops after ‘heavy losses’, proving ‘inability to capture major Ukrainian cities’, UK says

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Russia’s withdrawal of troops from a Ukrainian region it surrounded at the start of the war proves its “inability to capture major Ukrainian cities”, the British Ministry of Defense said on Thursday.

In a information updatethe ministry said “Ukrainian forces continue to counterattack north of Kharkiv, retaking several towns and villages towards the Russian border.”

“Despite Russia’s success in encircling Kharkiv early in the conflict, it reportedly withdrew units from the area to reorganize and rebuild its forces after heavy casualties,” the ministry continued.

A man drives his car among destroyed Russian combat cars in the village of Vilhivka near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, May 11.
(Reuters/Ricardo Moraes)

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Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine is the country’s second largest city with an estimated population of nearly 1.5 million.

Destroyed houses are pictured in the village of Vilhivka near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday May 11.

Destroyed houses are pictured in the village of Vilhivka near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday May 11.

“The withdrawal of Russian forces from Kharkiv Oblast is a tacit recognition of Russia’s inability to capture major Ukrainian cities where it expected limited resistance from the population,” he said. added.

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A damaged Russian tank is seen on a highway leading to kyiv, Ukraine.

A damaged Russian tank is seen on a highway leading to kyiv, Ukraine.
(AP / Efrem Lukatsky)

The ministry says the withdrawn forces “will likely deploy to the eastern bank of the Siverskyi Donets River, forming a blocking force to protect the western flank of the main concentration of Russian forces and the main supply routes for nearby operations. of Izyum”.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine lasted 78 days.

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