Dozens of villages have already been liberated from Russian forces this week in eastern and southern Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Tuesday.
The Ukrainian army is making "quite rapid and strong progress in the south of our country," Zelenskyy said in his daily speech published on social networks. "This week alone, dozens of settlements have been liberated in the four regions annexed by Russia late last week."
A military map from the Russian Defence Ministry showed on Tuesday that Russian forces had lost a great deal of ground in southern Ukraine's Kherson region. The map showed that Russian troops had left several locations, including Dudchany on the western bank of the Dnieper River. The Ukrainian army is conducting a counter-offensive in the area.
In the Kharkov region to the northeast, the Russians have left almost the entire eastern bank of the Oskil River, according to the map. That was the last zone in the region that they controlled.
"Our soldiers will not stop. It is only a matter of time before we expel the occupier from our entire territory," Zelenskyy concluded.