After the successful counter-offensive by the Ukrainian military in the Kharkiv region, the situation initially calmed down. Now reports and videos show that Ukrainian troops are entering the eastern part of the city of Kupyansk. Now the soldiers could advance further in the direction of Luhansk.
According to the Ukrainian military, they were able to cross troop units on the Oskil River and thus formed a bridgehead for further action to the east. "The Ukrainian Armed Forces have overcome the Oskil River. As of yesterday, Ukraine also controls the left bank," the press service of the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced via video on its Telegram channel. Earlier there were reports that Kyiv had secured control of the eastern part of the city of Kupyansk. The information cannot be verified independently.
The video shows a tank crossing the river and being greeted on the other bank by Ukrainian soldiers. In their counter-offensive at the beginning of September, the Ukrainian forces in the Kharkov region advanced as far as the Oskil. Behind, retreating Russian troops established a new front line and repulsed several attempts by Ukrainians to cross the river.
Establishing a beachhead on the east side of the Oskil would be a strategically important achievement for Ukrainian troops. This would allow them to continue their attack in the direction of the Luhansk region. The military did not provide any information about the exact location of the river crossing. However, the US Institute for the Study of the War (ISW) had previously written that the Ukrainians had conquered the eastern part of the city of Kupyansk.
The strategically important city in the Kharkov region is divided in two by the Oskil. The Ukrainians had conquered the western part during their counter-offensive, but Russian troops had entrenched themselves in the industrial area on the east bank of the river until the very end.