The Ukrainian Armed Forces have since retaken several portions of Kharkiv from the Russian forces as they continue to withdraw from the region. As this was happening, the Ukrainians launched a counteroffensive toward Izyum to help the efforts to prevent a Russian encirclement and continue the counteroffensive to destroy Russian supply lines.

“Izium [Izyum] direction remains the hottest spot. Our Armed Forces have launched a counter-offensive, the enemy retreats in some directions. And this is the result of the resolve of our Armed Forces. We will win,” Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration Oleh Synehubov said.

These counteroffensives come simultaneously with reports that Ukrainian forces have reached the Russo-Ukrainian border, a definitive sign that the Russians are falling back amid their disastrous invasion of Ukraine.