Heavy fighting during Kharkiv counter-attack as Zelensky praises troops

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Ukraine has seized around 400sq km in Kharkiv thanks to an "opportunistic" counter-offensive. Ukrainian forces "likely used tactical surprise to advance at least 20km into Russian-held territory" in the territory on Sep 7, according to the Institute for the Study of War. The Russians were likely understrength due to troops being sent to Donetsk to support the ongoing efforts to capture the area and bolster the deployment on the southern axis, a source in Moscow claimed. Subscribe to The Telegraph with our special offer: just £1 for 3 months. Start your free trial now: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/customer/subscribe/digitalsub/3for1/?WT.mc_id=tmgoff_pvid_conversion-subscription_editorial-iniative_03-22_EGW-13_organic_youtube Get the latest headlines: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.

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