According to British information, the Ukrainian troops in the north-east of the country took the Russian forces by surprise with their counter-offensive. According to the Ministry of Defense in London, citing intelligence, the Ukrainian spearheads have now advanced up to 50 kilometers on a narrow front into previously Russian-occupied territory.
"Ukrainian units have captured or surrounded several locations," the ministry said. Russian forces around the city of Izyum were becoming increasingly isolated, and the Ukrainians were advancing on the city of Kupyansk. "Their conquest would be a significant blow to Russia, because the supply lines for the Donbass front run here," it said in London. Ukrainian attacks also continued in the Cherson region in the south of the country. "The Russian defensive is under pressure on both its northern and southern flanks," the ministry noted.
The British Ministry of Defense has published unprecedented information on the course of the war since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine in late February, citing intelligence information. In doing so, the British government wants to both counter the Russian portrayal and keep allies in line. Moscow accuses London of a targeted disinformation campaign.