Russian forces withdraw from key Ukrainian city Kharkiv – BBC News

Ukraine has “likely won the battle of Kharkiv”, according to think-tank the Institute for the Study of War.

Military analysts say Russia was prevented from encircling Ukraine’s second city – and has now given up on attempts to do so.

Since the start of the invasion, capturing it has been a key strategic aim of Russian forces.

“There was no shelling in the city for the last five days,” the mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, told the BBC.

“Now it is calm in Kharkiv and people are gradually coming back to the city.”

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