President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that during the occupation of Izium and Balakliia in Kharkiv Oblast, the Russians behaved the same way they did in Kyiv oblast early in the war: they tortured residents and destroyed kindergartens and schools, as well as other infrastructure.
Source: Zelenskyy in a comment to Ukrainska Pravda
Quote: “Izium and Balakliia left me [shocked – ed.] …we can’t get used to such things, but after Bucha, we won’t be surprised by the steps taken by the Russian terrorists, because we are seeing the same thing. Again torture, again destruction: schools, kindergartens…
They (the Russian invaders – ed.) leave the same traces. I didn’t see anything new.”
Details: Zelenskyy noted that some of the residents who had remained in the city of Izium under occupation are happy to see the Ukrainian army, and some are shocked.
“They don’t understand what’s going on. Because they spent half a year with no light, no water, no electricity. They were under occupation for half a year and were afraid to go out. They are afraid of any changes,” the president added.
He admitted that the situation is difficult, but “it will get better”.
According to Zelenskyy, the military did the most important thing, as the first part of the operation was completed successfully.
The president acknowledged the fact that Ukraine had suffered losses among personnel and military equipment during the counteroffensive, but the Russian military left a lot of equipment, too, while retreating.
Source: Ukrainian pravda