As Ukraine retakes key territories, Putin vows to press the attack on Ukraine. Why did Russian defenses crumble? Is the tide turning?
Ukraine’s president is calling on the West to speed up deliveries of weapons systems to help liberate the Kharkiv region.
Following Ukraine’s gains, thousands of Russian troops pulled back, leaving behind ammunition and equipment, but Russia still controls around a fifth of the country.
They have responded to Ukrainian battlefield successes by shelling power stations and other key infrastructure, causing blackouts in Kharkiv.
The counter-offensive happened, and the Ukrainian forces liberated the Kharkiv region. The Russians escaped being encircled in those cities, but they did withdraw hastily, and it was a humiliating defeat for Russia.