“In some areas, our defenders have reached the state border with the Russian Federation,” said Ole Sinihubov, regional governor of northeastern Kharkiv. It is noteworthy that on 24 February, the first day of the attack, Russian troops crossed the border into this area. Russia acknowledged the military developments, saying it was regrouping. It has been difficult to independently verify military claims throughout the war. On the one hand there is the Russian media controlled by the Kremlin which is claiming Putin’s victory, while the Western newspapers are showing Ukraine in a strong position.
The mayor said – you are a hero
Ukrainian officials also said that electricity and water supply in the Kharkiv region had been restored by about 80 percent, after Russian attacks on power stations and other infrastructure on Sunday caused power outages across Ukraine. Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov wrote on Telegram, ‘You are a hero. Thanks to everyone who did everything possible to bring city life to normal as soon as possible during the difficult night for Kharkiv.’
‘You don’t understand, who are we?’
The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said its troops had liberated more than 20 settlements in the past day. President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday once again challenged Russia, saying, ‘Do you still think you can scare us, break us, force us? Did you really not understand anything? I don’t understand who are we? what we stand for? What are we talking about?’