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Russian Defenses Crumble as Ukraine Retakes Key Territory

  • Success still brings risks with offensive seen likely to slow
  • Retreat stirs criticism from normally loyal Russian factions
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Ukraine Retakes Key Territory
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Ukraine’s forces continued their rapid advance in the Kharkiv region on Sunday, exploiting an extraordinary collapse of Russian defenses and raising the question of how far they can go. 

Unconfirmed reports overnight suggested Kyiv’s troops had taken Velykyi Burluk, a town about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Kharkiv and not far from the Russia-Ukraine border. The town of Chkalovske was also retaken, and all eyes are on strategically located Izyum.