- Ukraine appears to have surprised Russia with a series of counterattacks in the northeast of the country.
- Military strategists say Kyiv is likely to have taken advantage of a recent redeployment of Russian troops to defend against a Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south.
- Ukraine’s advances may be threatening important Russian supply lines.
Ukraine appears to have surprised Russia with a series of counterattacks in the northeast of the country with military strategists saying Kyiv is likely to have taken advantage of a recent redeployment of Russian troops to defend against a counteroffensive in the south.
On Thursday night local time, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted a statement from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy indicating that Ukrainian troops had advanced all the way to Balakliya, a town about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Kharkiv.
CNBC could not independently confirm the General Staff’s claims.
But outside analysts were taking to social media to conclude that Ukraine is breaking out toward Izyum and Kupyansk, which lie along important supply
“Now is not the time to name the towns where the Ukrainian flag is returning,” he said, presumably as Ukraine aims to maintain a strategic military advantage. He added that “each success of our military in one direction or another changes the general situation along the entire front in favor of Ukraine.”
Ukraine launches surprise counterattacks against Russian troops while they’re distracted in the south