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Russian Defence Ministry: Calling back troops from key areas in Ukraine’s Kharkiv 

Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday that it has decided to pull back troops from key areas in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. 

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New Delhi: In a major development, Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday that it has decided to pull back troops from key areas in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region. The troops fighting in the Balakliya and Izyum areas have been asked to regroup in the Donetsk region, according to Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov. Notably, Izyum was a major base for Russian forces in the city.

Igor Konashenkov added that the move has taken ”in order to achieve the stated goals of the special military operation to liberate Donbas”.

This will help Russia to reinforce its operations in neighbouring Donetsk. Earlier, Ukrainian troops captured the city of Kupiansk, ceasing the supply of Russia’s entire frontline across northeastern Ukraine.

 

Besides, the Ukrainian forces also regained control over dozens of towns and villages that were under the control of Russian forces for months.

 

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