Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that so far in September, Ukrainian forces have retaken control of 6,000 square kilometers of territory controlled by Russia.
In a video released Monday, the president said the army is still fighting to recapture cities occupied by Vladimir Putin’s forces.
From the beginning of September to today, our warriors have already liberated more than 6 thousand square kilometers of the territory of Ukraine, in the east and south. The movement of our troops continues.
In his message, Zelensky said that Russia has carried out terrorist practices during the armed conflict, such as the attacks on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
He criticized the practices of economic control over gas, which he described as “Energy Terror”. He also spoke of “terror of hunger” with the policy to prevent grain exports.
According to news agencies, thousands of Russian troops are withdrawing after Ukraine’s advances, leaving behind ammunition and equipment. In response, Russia on Sunday fired missiles at power plants, causing blackouts in Kharkiv, Poltava and Sumy.
“Buildings, hospitals, schools, community infrastructure. Russian missiles hit precisely those objects that have absolutely nothing to do with the infrastructure of our country’s armed forces,” Zelenskiy said Monday.
On Monday, Russian strikes again disrupted power and water supplies in Kharkiv, killing at least one person, its mayor said.
Throughout the day, shelling of residential areas and infrastructure sparked fires in the city, regional emergency services said on Facebook.
Zelenskiy also repeated a call for Russian citizens to be denied tourist visas in Europe and other countries.