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Ukraine extends battlefield gains as Kremlin reels from setback

By Isabelle Khurshudyan

12 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post has the latest news on the lightning push by Ukrainian forces to reclaim more Russian-occupied territory as Ukraine's government lobbies for more weapons.

KYIV, Ukraine - Blue-and-yellow flags were raised in more liberated towns and villages in northeast Ukraine on Monday, as the stunning counteroffensive that pushed Russia into a messy retreat boosted optimism at home and abroad over a potential turning point in the war, and renewed international calls to send Ukraine more weapons in hopes of hastening Russia's defeat.

The lightning push by Ukrainian forces, in which they recaptured in a matter of days nearly all of the Kharkiv region occupied since the early days of the war last winter, left Moscow reeling. Despite the setback, the Kremlin and its proxies insisted that the war would go on until President Vladimir Putin's goals are achieved, and they blamed NATO and the United States for Ukraine's refusal to surrender.

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