The mayor of Kharkiv confirmed the withdrawal of Russian troops from the outskirts of the city – UNIAN

Five days ago, the occupiers fired a rocket for the last time at the Kharkiv airport, but it was shot down by Ukrainian air defense forces.

The Russian invaders were unable to take Kharkov by storm. enemy troops leaving the outskirts of the citymoving towards the Russian-Ukrainian border.

About it informed Mayor Igor Terekhov in an interview with the BBC. And he emphasized that the enemy only once managed to occupy a small part of the city, and he did not stay there for long.

“The Russians were constantly shelling Kharkov, because they were very close to the city. And thanks to the efforts of the Kharkiv territorial defense and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russians retreated far from the territory of the city in the direction of the Russian border,” Terekhov said.

According to him, now the city is quiet, and people are gradually returning back. At the same time, as a result of Russian aggression, many residential buildings have been destroyed or damaged, so huge reconstruction will have to be carried out in the future, he added.

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Reports about the withdrawal of the Russian army from Kharkov were received earlier from other sources. By according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, enemy forces are concentrated on holding occupied positions and supply routes in the Kharkov direction. The main goal is to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions.

Journalists from The New York Times writethat the defeat near Kharkov is the second major defeat of the Russian army after its retreat from Kyiv last month.

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