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Ukraine praises ‘liberation’ in the Battle of Kharkiv

Russian troops are withdrawing from Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv after weeks of heavy bombardment in another battlefield setback for Moscow.

Ukraine’s military said on Saturday the Russians were pulling back from the major northeastern city and focusing on guarding supply routes.

“The enemy’s main efforts are focused on ensuring the withdrawal of its units from the city of Kharkiv,” said the spokesman for the Ukrainian General Staff.

Western officials also said Ukraine had driven Russian forces back from around Kharkiv, which was a key target for Moscow’s troops.

The US-based think tank Institute for the Study of War agreed with the assessment.

“Russian units have generally not attempted to hold ground against counterattacking Ukrainian forces over the past several days, with a few exceptions,” it said.

“Ukraine thus appears to have won the Battle of Kharkiv. Ukrainian forces prevented Russian troops from encircling, let alone seizing Kharkiv, and then expelled them

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