Success in Kharkiv Oblast, shortages in the ranks of the occupiers, situation at the front: the highlights of the day
13 September, 2022
Illustrative picture Facebook / General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The Ukrainian military in the Kharkiv region has liberated more than 150,000 people and more than 300 settlements; the Russian military is trying en masse to take away looted property from the Kharkiv region and southern Ukraine; there is a shortage of tactical-level commanders in the Russian army. We collected the key news for today.

Success in Kharkiv Oblast

The Ukrainian military in the Kharkiv region has already freed more than 150,000 people and more than 300 settlements from the occupation, as stated by Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Maliar during the telethon, Interfax-Ukraine cites. However, these are only preliminary data - in reality, this number is even higher.

According to Maliar, the operation has not yet been completed - "it is planned until the complete liberation of Kharkiv Oblast." The official said that the Russians deprived the Ukrainians in the occupied territories of Kharkiv Oblast of any means of communication, so they actually had no opportunity to find out what was happening in the controlled part of Ukraine.

They were told that Ukraine no longer exists, that there is another president in Ukraine, that Ukraine will not come for them,” Maliar claims.

Ukrainian military entered Vovchansk

The Ukrainian military entered Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast, located three km from the border with Russia. This is reported by the State Border Service of Ukraine. "Vovchansk is at home," the message reads. The border guards showed the destroyed Russian hardware and how Russian symbols are removed from the liberated city.

Russian troops occupied Vovchansk from the first day of the full-scale invasion. The first reports about the liberation of the city began to appear on September 10, but at that time the information was not officially confirmed.

Occupiers are carrying looted property

The Russian military is en masse trying to take away the looted property from Kharkiv Oblast and the south of Ukraine. At the same time, they even steal civilian cars. This is stated in the summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the summary as of 18:00 on September 13.

For example, on the section of the highway from Starobilsk to Luhansk, about three hundred civilian cars, mostly with state license plates of Kharkiv Oblast, were noticed. Most of the cars with trailers loaded with the looted property are driven by Russian soldiers.

There is a similar trend in the occupied settlements in the south of Ukraine. In Pology, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Russians break down the gates of private garages and take private cars from local residents. And in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson Oblast, Russians began to take out furniture and household appliances en masse from temporarily abandoned houses.

Situation at the frontline

The General Staff says that the Russians continue to focus on attempts to fully occupy Donetsk Oblast, hold the temporarily captured territories and disrupt the active actions of our troops in certain directions.

In particular, the occupiers continue shelling our positions along the contact line, try to regroup their troops in separate directions, and conduct aerial reconnaissance.

Shelling of Ukraine

The occupiers continue to shell Ukrainian civilians and civilian infrastructure facilities. On September 13, their strikes damaged the infrastructure in the areas of more than 15 settlements.

During the day, the Russians launched 2 missile strikes, 8 airstrikes, and 13 shelling from rocket artillery systems of facilities on the territory of Ukraine.

Shortage in the ranks of the occupiers

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military leadership is trying to attract junior officers. Early graduations are taking place in educational institutions of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The General Staff explains that the shortage of tactical-level commanders in Russia is due to the refusal of reserve officers to sign contracts against the background of recent events.

In addition, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the level of morale and psychological state of the Russian personnel continues to decline. Among the occupiers, self-mutilation is increasingly common to get medical treatment and avoid participating in hostilities. Many servicemen do not return to military units after the end of their vacations.

Honored Artist of Ukraine Oleksandr Shapoval died at the frontline

On Monday, September 12, Oleksandr Shapoval, Honored Artist of Ukraine, ballet soloist of the National Opera, died in battles near Maiorsk, Donetsk Oblast. This was reported by an employee of the National Opera, Larysa Tarasenko.

According to "TSN", the man fought in the Armed Forces, where he signed up as a volunteer at the beginning of the full-scale war.

5 hromadske materials at the "Honor of the Profession" contest

Five Hromadske articles at once were included in the shortlist of the 13th "Honor of the Profession" Professional Journalism Competition. The winners will be announced at the end of September. This is reported by the organizers.