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The tide has turned in the war in Ukraine. While the offensive of the Ukrainian forces continues, the withdrawal of the Russian forces continues. Zelenski made a surprise visit to Izyum, which was under the control of Ukraine. Here are the first images from the city that changed hands…
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskymade a surprise visit to Izyum, which was once again under the control of Ukrainian forces.
Zelensky today RussiaHe visited Izyum, which passed from the control of Ukraine back to the control of Ukraine, and participated in the ceremony of raising the Ukrainian flag.
The ceremony was held in the central square of the city, during which the national anthem of Ukraine was played.
Making a brief statement after the ceremony, Zelenski said, “Before, we always looked for the blue sky when we looked up. Today, when we look up, we are looking for one thing; “Ukrainian flag,” he said.
Recalling the scene he encountered in the city, which was retaken from the Russian forces, he said, “The image is very shocking, but not shocking for me.”
Zelenski had a short conversation with the Mayor of Izyum, Valery Marchenko, about the situation in the settlement.
‘BIGGEST DEATH SINCE KIEV’
The withdrawal of the Russian army from the city of Izyum was interpreted in the Western media as ‘the biggest defeat of the Russian forces since the withdrawal of the Russian forces from the capital Kiev in March’.
It was stated that thousands of Russian soldiers left their ammunition and equipment while retreating.
RUSSIA WAS AGAIN
Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov recently announced that the Russian army was redeployed in Balakleya and Izyum, and said that Russian President Vladimir Putin was constantly informed.
Stating that the Russian army continues its military operations, Peskov said, “The special military operation in Ukraine continues. The said operation will continue until the targets set at the very beginning are achieved.
When asked whether a meeting would be held between Putin and Zelensky, Peskov gave the following answer;
‘We do not see such a possibility at the moment and we would like to state that the preconditions for such a meeting are still not met’