A lightning-fast counteroffensive by Ukraine has reclaimed more than 700 square miles in recent days, leaving Russian soldiers literally running for their lives — and Vladimir Putin bizarrely attended the opening of a new Ferris wheel while his troops were at the height of the retreat .
Ukraine’s army chief General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said Sunday his troops had recaptured 1,158 square miles of territory since the beginning of the month — two-thirds the whopping gains since Thursday.
“In the direction of Kharkiv, we began to advance not only south and east, but also north,” the general wrote on social media. “There are 50 km to drive [Russian] Border.”
Ukraine regained additional territory in the region on Sunday, the New York Times reported — the day after Russia’s stunning withdrawal from the city of Izium, a key logistics hub. Russia’s alleged loss of Izium is considered its worst defeat since Kyiv’s defeat in March.
On Saturday, the same day Russia reportedly pulled out of Izium, Russian President Putin attended the opening of Europe’s largest Ferris wheel in Moscow and had him mocked online.
“His soldiers are dying on the battlefield and he’s opening a ferris wheel… total madness the guy is 3 sheets to the wind!” one Ukraine supporter tweeted.
Meanwhile, Russian soldiers abandoned their tanks, weapons and even clothing in the face of the Ukrainian attack, Ukrainian soldiers claimed to the Telegraph.
The Russians, surprised by the rapid Ukrainian advance, are “literally running from their positions,” the Ukrainian recruits said.
“They left behind a huge amount of vehicles and ammunition. We couldn’t move everything backwards or evacuate,” one soldier said. “There were a lot of uniforms lying around. We caught some of these guys trying to escape in plain clothes, they were telling incredible cops – they weren’t trying to save themselves.”
The Ukrainian soldiers said they heard a Russian soldier in a tank unit say, “We’re totally screwed.”
“I think it’s the beginning of the end for the Russian occupiers,” a 25-year-old soldier told The Telegraph. “They literally ran from their positions, leaving their belongings and making their way to the occupied territories. I think there are more significant gains to come.”
However, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its forces hit Ukrainian army positions in the Kharkiv region with precision strikes from airborne troops, rockets and artillery.
Alluding to the reported recapture of Izium, whose name means “grapes” in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak posted a photo of the country’s troops on the outskirts of town and tweeted an emoji depicting grapes.
The Ukrainian army announced its major counter-offensive earlier this month.
“These last few days, the Russian army has shown us their best [side] — his back,” Zelensky said in a statement. “There is no place for the occupiers in Ukraine. That will never happen.”
The developments came as the last operational nuclear reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia plant was finally shut down amid panicked fears the plant could leak radiation.
With postal wires
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