Street view of Kharkiv, Russia.

“I think it’s fair to assess that Russia was caught by surprise with little in the way of reserves locally available.”

Michael Kofman, an expert on the Russian military at CNA — a Virginia-based think tank. Following increased counteroffensive moves, Ukraine has reportedly regained around 1,000 square miles of territory this month.

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sep 12, 2022

Why It Matters: Sunday marked the 200th day of the Russia-Ukraine war. Ukraine began launching counterattacks in late August to reclaim lost land and so far, the attacks are making a difference. Russian forces withdrew from Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkiv, over the weekend.

  • Since the counteroffensive began, Ukraine has reportedly reclaimed around 40 settlements in the Kharkiv region, which is about 30 miles from the Russian border. Russian allies "are at a loss about the current situation," according to Ukrainian Kirill Stremousov, a pro-Russian separatist leader.
  • As Russian forces retreated from Kharkiv, they attacked power stations and other infrastructure. On Sunday night, Kharkiv appeared to be without power following the attack. Fighting also continues near a Russian-occupied nuclear power plant.
  • Big Picture: Ukraine is increasingly reclaiming "broad swaths of the south and east in a long-anticipated counteroffensive," causing Russian forces to relocate. The Associated Press emphasizes that an increased flow of Western weapons throughout the summer has played a "key role in the counteroffensive." The U.S. just announced another $2 billion in aid last week.

Ukraine pushes big counteroffensive as war marks 200 days (The Associated Press)

Ukraine furthers gains in Kharkiv region following major breakthrough (Axios)

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