Ukraine LIVE: Kyiv ‘wins’ major battle as Putin’s troops RETREAT with ’27k dead’

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An update from the Institute of War issued on Saturday, May 14, said Russia appeared to have decided to withdraw from Ukraine’s second-largest city a month after its troops pulled away from Kyiv and the northeast over a month ago. It comes as Russia’s military is struggling on the battlefield, with heavy losses of military equipment and personnel.

According to an update by Ukraine’s general staff, 27,200 Russian soldiers have been lost since the invasion began. The figure is much higher than the number given by the British Government, which puts the death toll of Russian soldiers at 15,000.

Ukraine’s general staff also claimed as many as 1,218 Russian tanks had been destroyed along with 13 warships, including Vsevolod Bobrov which was reportedly struck in the Black Sea this week.

Conflict expert Kyrylo Mykhailov told The New Voice of Ukraine that Russian ships are in “serious jeopardy” amid reports that Ukraine has seriously weakened its naval defence in the Black Sea.

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Ukraine appears to have ‘won the battle of Kharkiv’ as Russia withdraws

Ukraine has “won the battle of Kharkiv” with evidence suggesting Russia has withdrawn due to the strength of Ukrainian counterattacks and a lack of reinforcements.

In its latest assessment of the situation on the ground, the Institute for the Study of War (IOW) said Russia looks to be “conducting an orderly withdrawal and prioritizing getting Russians back home”.

The update read: “The Russian military has likely decided to withdraw fully from its positions around Kharkiv City in the face of Ukrainian counteroffensives and the limited availability of reinforcements.”

In another setback to Putin’s invasion, analysts said that Russian units had not attempted to hold their lines against counterattacks by Ukrainian troops around the city, which has been under heavy bombardment since the war began in February.

The US-based think tank said Russians appeared to be dropping back and aimed to replace their own troops with mercenaries.

Its latest update said: “Ukraine thus appears to have won the battle of Kharkiv.

“Ukrainian forces prevented Russian troops from encircling, let alone seizing Kharkiv, and then expelled them from around the city, as they did to Russian forces attempting to seize Kyiv.”

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