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Zelensky Says Ukraine Retook 6,000 Sq Km From Russian Control This Month

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As Ukraine's forces continue a counter offensive, stunning the Russians in the eastern and southern parts of the country, Ukraine has retaken more than 6,000 square kilometers of its territory from Russian control in September alone, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"From the beginning of September until today, our warriors have already liberated more than 6,000 square kilometers of the territory of Ukraine - in the east and south," Zelensky said in his video address to the nation Monday night.

This amounts to nearly 10 percent of Ukrainian territory that the Russian forces captured since its invasion in February.

"The movement of our troops continues," added the president.

Ukrainian fighters are said to have driven Russian forces from key cities in the northeastern Kharkiv region that they have been held for more than six months.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that though the Ukrainian force made "significant progress" in their counter-attack, it was too early to say if the success is short-lived.

"The Russians maintain very significant forces in Ukraine as well as equipment and arms and munitions. They continue to use it indiscriminately against not just the Ukrainian armed forces but civilians and civilian infrastructure as we've seen," Blinken said.

Ukrainian reports say Putin's troops are fleeing east to the Russian border.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko was quoted as saying Tuesday that Kharkiv is in blackout following "insidious shelling by Russian (forces)."

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