Russia ‘loses battle for Kharkiv as troops withdraw’

Ukraine has ‘likely won the battle of Kharkiv’, analysts have said, as Russian troops continue to withdraw from the country’s second-largest city.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), which produces daily reports about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, says Moscow’s forces have been pushed back from the city in northeastern Ukraine.

The ISW adds that it is ‘likely’ Russia’s military will withdraw from the region as Vladimir Putin focuses his efforts further south.

Yesterday’s ISW report said: ‘The Russian military has likely decided to withdraw fully from its positions around Kharkiv City in the face of Ukrainian counter offensives and the limited availability of reinforcements.

‘Russian units have generally not attempted to hold ground against counter attacking Ukrainian forces over the past several days, with a few exceptions.’

It went on to say that a Ukrainian offensive eastwards to the border is unlikely due to the difficulty of a military operation amid large water features.

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