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Ukraine: 'About 2,000 kilometres of our territory have been liberated since the beginning of September' - Zelensky01:05

Ukraine: 'About 2,000 kilometres of our territory have been liberated since the beginning of September' - Zelensky

Ukraine, Kiev
September 11, 2022 at 08:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kiev has 'regained control of about 2,000 kilometres' of the country's territory 'as part of active actions since the beginning of September', speaking in a video address on Saturday.

"The movement of our soldiers in different directions of the front continues," Zelensky added.

The president also thanked the troops for 'returning full control' to the city of Balakleya.

"I'm thankful to the troops of the 214th separate rifle battalion for securing the situation in Balakleya, who, together with units of the Main Intelligence Directorate, Special Operations Forces, Special Forces of the National Guard and the police, took full control of the city back," Zelensky stressed.

Earlier, on Saturday, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said during the briefing in Moscow that the Russian command has decided to regroup Russian Armed Forces troops stationed in the areas of Balakleya and Izum 'for reinforcement at Donetsk direction'.

"With this purpose, Izum-Balakleya group of troops had been redeployed to the Donetsk People's Republic within 72 hours," Konashenkov added.

The Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson said that "various deceptive and demonstrative manoeuvres had been carried out marking real action."

"In order to prevent damage to the Russian troops the enemy had been under heavy fire attacks with aviation, missile troops and artillery involved. Over 2,000 Ukrainian and foreign militants, as well as more than 100 units of armoured equipment and artillery have been eliminated within 72 hours," Konashenkov concluded.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu said on September 2 that Ukraine was trying to launch a counteroffensive in the south of the country in order to 'create an illusion in the Western handlers that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are capable of conducting an offensive'.

Moscow launched the military offensive on Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR).

Kiev denounced the Russian action and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

During peace talks, Russia called for Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.

Ukraine: 'About 2,000 kilometres of our territory have been liberated since the beginning of September' - Zelensky01:05
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kiev has 'regained control of about 2,000 kilometres' of the country's territory 'as part of active actions since the beginning of September', speaking in a video address on Saturday.

"The movement of our soldiers in different directions of the front continues," Zelensky added.

The president also thanked the troops for 'returning full control' to the city of Balakleya.

"I'm thankful to the troops of the 214th separate rifle battalion for securing the situation in Balakleya, who, together with units of the Main Intelligence Directorate, Special Operations Forces, Special Forces of the National Guard and the police, took full control of the city back," Zelensky stressed.

Earlier, on Saturday, Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said during the briefing in Moscow that the Russian command has decided to regroup Russian Armed Forces troops stationed in the areas of Balakleya and Izum 'for reinforcement at Donetsk direction'.

"With this purpose, Izum-Balakleya group of troops had been redeployed to the Donetsk People's Republic within 72 hours," Konashenkov added.

The Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson said that "various deceptive and demonstrative manoeuvres had been carried out marking real action."

"In order to prevent damage to the Russian troops the enemy had been under heavy fire attacks with aviation, missile troops and artillery involved. Over 2,000 Ukrainian and foreign militants, as well as more than 100 units of armoured equipment and artillery have been eliminated within 72 hours," Konashenkov concluded.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu said on September 2 that Ukraine was trying to launch a counteroffensive in the south of the country in order to 'create an illusion in the Western handlers that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are capable of conducting an offensive'.

Moscow launched the military offensive on Ukraine in late February after recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics' independence (DPR and LPR).

Kiev denounced the Russian action and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation.

During peace talks, Russia called for Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral, providing guarantees that it will never join NATO.