Zelensky visits recaptured town of Izium in northeast Ukraine
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday (Sep 14) visited the newly recaptured town of Izium, a key supply hub in the northeastern Kharkiv region, a Ukrainian military brigade said, following the departure of Russian troops a few days ago.
"The President of Ukraine thanked the soldiers for liberating Ukrainian lands, and solemnly raised the Ukrainian flag over the city council," the 25th Separate Airborne Sicheslav Brigade said in a statement on its Facebook page.
President Zelensky in a video on Facebook, addressing the Russians: “You can temporarily occupy the territories of our state. But it is definitely impossible to occupy Ukrainian people. You can brainwash, but you can't do it to the hearts of Ukrainians.”
Zelensky thanked Commander of the Ground Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleksandr Syrsky, all warriors for liberating the Ukrainian land from the enemy. He said: “You save our people, our hearts, children and the future.”
Можна тимчасово окупувати території нашої держави. Але точно неможливо окупувати українських людей. Можна промивати мозок, але не можна зробити цього із серцями українців. Дякую командувачу Сухопутних військ ЗСУ Олександру Сирському, усім нашим воїнам за те, що звільняєте українську землю від ворога. Бережете наших людей, наші серця, дітей і майбутнє. ____ You can temporarily occupy the territory of our state. But you definitely cannot occupy the Ukrainian people. You can brainwash people’s minds, but you cannot do this to the hearts of Ukrainians. I am thankful to Commander of the Ground Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Oleksandr Syrsky, to all our warriors for liberating the Ukrainian land from the enemy. You save our people, our hearts, children and the future.Posted by Володимир Зеленський on Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Located in the Kharkiv region, Izium served as an important command and supply hub for Russia's northern front.
The Ukrainian counter-attack has dealt a heavy blow to Russia.
It began in the final days of August and initially focused on the southern region of Kherson, which was swept by Russian forces in the early days of the invasion.