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Russia forced to ‘dig in and wait for winter’ after Ukraine counter

Safety and defence analyst Professor Michael Clarke has stated that Russia can be compelled to “dig in and look ahead to winter” as dwindling troops make it close to inconceivable to consolidate positions within the japanese areas of Ukraine within the face of renewed counter-offensives. Professor Clarke advised that Russia faces “an issue” over whether or not or to not defend Severodonetsk, a metropolis they claimed a number of months in the past, and could possibly be pushed again “additional to the east” as their retreat seems set to proceed. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appeared evermore optimistic of success following the previous couple of weeks, showing within the just lately liberated city of Izium on Wednesday, however western leaders have urged warning. 

Professor Clarke stated: “The Ukrainians now management the important thing street between Savatova and Kremenna they usually look as in the event that they is perhaps attempting to encircle the Russians from the north in Severodonetsk. 

“That offers the Russians an issue. If they can not, or is not going to, combat for Severodonetsk, then their subsequent believable defence line might be some kind of main canine leg additional to the east. 

“No matter they do, the Russians can not reinforce their positions in a short time. Someplace, they’re going to must dig in and look ahead to winter.”

President Volodymyr Zelensky as we speak promised he would lead Ukraine to victory in its struggle towards Russia as he visited recaptured cities. 

Russian forces suffered a shocking reversal this month after Ukrainian troops made a speedy armoured thrust within the northeastern area of Kharkiv, forcing a rushed and chaotic Russian withdrawal.

Mr Zelensky made a shock go to to Izium – till 4 days in the past Russia’s predominant bastion and logistics hub within the area – the place he watched because the Ukrainian flag was raised in entrance of the charred metropolis council constructing.

In a social media publish after the ceremony, he stated: “Our blue-yellow flag is already flying in de-occupied Izium. And will probably be so in each Ukrainian metropolis and village.”

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However on the primary thoroughfare, the indicators of Russia’s brutal “scorched earth” ways, through which entire areas had been razed to the bottom, had been nonetheless evident. A derelict bathtub home had a gap blasted in its facet; meat retailers, pharmacies, a shoe store and a magnificence salon had been sprayed with shrapnel.

“The view is stunning, however it isn’t stunning for me,” Mr Zelensky stated. Evaluating the scenes of devastation to these in cities close to Kyiv recaptured from Russian forces early within the struggle, he added: “The identical destroyed buildings, killed individuals.”

Earlier on Wednesday, an emotional-looking Mr Zelensky handed out medals to troopers who freed the Balakliya space, one other city retaken in latest days. 

The Ukrainian President says his military has liberated round 8,000 sq. km (3,100 sq. miles) of territory thus far this month, a swath of land practically equal to the island of Cyprus. 

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