Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday that progress had been made in the Ukrainian army’s counter-offensive that began last week. He thanked the Ukrainian military for taking control of two settlements in the south, one in the east and returning certain territories in the east of the country under the control of Ukraine.
Zelenskyy did not specify which territories he was talking about or when they came under Ukrainian military control, but said he received “good reports” from the military command and intelligence chief at a meeting on Sunday.
In the evening video message, Zelenskyy thanked the military for capturing a settlement in the east of the Donetsk region and capturing “certain heights” in the Lysychansk-Seversky direction, as well as for taking control of two settlements in the south of the country.
Deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko earlier Sunday posted an image of soldiers raising the Ukrainian flag over a village he said is in the southern region which is the main thrust of the counter-offensive. Tymoshenko wrote in a Facebook post under a photo of three soldiers on the roof of a building, one of whom is planting the Ukrainian flag.
Vysoke Pole is located north of the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in February-March 2014.
The Kherson region of Ukraine was occupied by Russian troops at the beginning of the current armed conflict. Lysychansk was captured by the Russian military in the Luhansk region in early July during the battles for the mining region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine, which also includes the city of Seversk.