Moscow reports expulsion of Kiev military from location in Kharkiv region

KHARKIV (dpa-AFX) – According to the Russian military, Ukrainian forces have been expelled from the village of Dvorichne in the Kharkiv region in north-eastern Ukraine. “In the direction of Kupyansk, the enemy was pushed back by attacks by units of Army Group West from the western edge of the village of Dvorichne in the Kharkiv region,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov in Moscow on Saturday. The information cannot be verified independently. The Ukrainian armed forces had almost completely recaptured the Kharkiv region in the course of their autumn offensive.

Dvorichne is located on the east side of the Oskil River. After withdrawing from the Izyum area, the Russian armed forces initially tried to set up new defense lines behind the river. However, the Ukrainian military was able to quickly cross the river and initially continue the advance to the east. However, the Ukrainian offensive in the direction of the Luhansk region has now been halted – also due to the hasty transfer of Russian mobilized troops to the region. Now both sides are fighting for the initiative in the front section./bal/DP/mis