Ukraine's Kharkiv counteroffensive: 'Most significant victory in this war after the battle for Kyiv'
Ukraine's army recaptured around "2,000 kilometres of territory" in September, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Saturday, adding that the Russian army was doing the right thing in fleeing the counteroffensive. As Russia's war on Ukraine reaches a dramatic new phase in the conflict, FRANCE 24 is joined by Peter Zalmayev, Director of the Eurasian Democracy Initiative. Could this be a turning point in the war? Mr. Zalmayev remains cautious, asserting "it's too soon to declare victory, it's too soon to celebrate it. When advances are so rapid, one has to proceed cautiously." For him, over the next few days, it's just a question of whether the Ukrainian soldiers will "consolidate their gains or whether they will go further. But already this is being declared as probably the most significant victory in this war after the battle for Kyiv."