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Many retreating Russian troops near Kharkiv have exited Ukraine – US official

A still image taken from a handout video provided by the Russian defence ministry press service shows Russian army vehicles on the move in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, on 9 September 2022. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Russian Defence Ministry Press Service / Handout)

The United States assesses that Russia has largely ceded its gains near Kharkiv and many retreating Russian soldiers have exited Ukraine, moving over the border back into Russia, a senior US military official said on Monday.

“Overall, we assess the Ukrainians are making progress as they fight to liberate and reclaim territory in the south and east,” the US military official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity, without offering a number.

“On the ground, in the vicinity of Kharkiv, we assess that Russian forces have largely ceded their gains to the Ukrainians and have withdrawn to the north and east. Many of these forces have moved over the border into Russia.”

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Jonathan Oatis.)

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