(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 14 – Ukraine has “probably won the battle of Kharkiv”. This was stated – as reported by the BBC – by the team of experts from the Institute for the Study of War. In its latest assessment of the conflict, military analysts say that Russia has been prevented from surrounding Ukraine’s second city and has now given up on doing so. Kharkiv, in the north-east of the country, is also called the fortress city and in this war, it earned that nickname. Since the beginning of the invasion, the capture of Kharkiv has been a strategic goal for the Russian forces. But after more than two months, the Moscow forces not only failed to do so, but according to the US-based think-tank, they even abandoned the project.
In fact, Ukrainian troops are believed to have pushed the Russians back to the border. But – continues the BBC – this does not seem to be a full-blown retreat, as seen around the capital Kiev. It is an important moment in the war, rather than a turning point. (HANDLE).