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Ukrainian military publishes photos and videos from Balakliia, which was under occupation for 6 months

Thursday, 8 September 2022, 19:46
Ukrainian military publishes photos and videos from Balakliia, which was under occupation for 6 months

ALONA MAZURENKO — THURSDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER, 2022, 19:46

On 8 September, Ukrainian defenders published photos and videos from Balakliia city, Kharkiv region, which was under occupation for 6 months. There is currently no official confirmation that the settlement was liberated [from the Russian army].

Source: Telegram channels; Members of Parliament Oleksii Honcharenko and Roman Lozynskyi on Facebook

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Details: On 8 September, Ukrainian defenders in social media began publishing videos and photos from Balakliia, which was under Russian occupation.

In particular, images show the Ukrainian flag flying over the city and in its centre.

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The military also published videos of meetings with local residents and the clean-up operation in the city.

Additionally, a video of the raising of the Ukrainian flag in the settlements of Volokhiv Yar and Borshchivka is being shared online.

On 6 September, Natalia Humeniuk, head of the Joint Coordination Press Centre of the Defence Forces of the South of Ukraine, emphasised that the military leadership is in no hurry to announce the liberation of new lands [from the Russian army], because the territory must first be cleared of mines - so as not to put the newly liberated territories in danger of new attacks.

Background:

  • On Sunday, 4 September, the Ukrainian military liberated the village of Vysokopillia in Kherson Oblast.
  • On 4 September, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated two towns in the country’s south, and another one in Donetsk Oblast.
  • On 6 September, it became known that Ukrainian defenders liberated some cities and towns in the country’s south, but the military leadership avoided to reporting this officially until the clean-up operation was over.
  • On 7 September, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine publicly announced that he had received good news from the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kharkiv Oblast; however, he added, it was not yet the time to disclose which towns and villages had been liberated.
  • Russian troops captured Balakliia in early March. According to the Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, Mayor Ivan Stolbovy chose to cooperate with the Russian Federation, and then left the city; it appeared that he had moved to Russia.

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