The total area of the territory of the Kharkiv region freed from occupation during the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reached 3.8 thousand square meters. km, where 150,000 residents remained, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Malyar reported.
"This operation to liberate the Kharkiv region lasted several days. It was planned for several days, starting from September 6 until today. 3,800 square kilometers were liberated, more than 300 settlements and more than 150,000 of our people became free from the occupation, where they actually were hostages," Malyar said on the air of a national telethon on Tuesday.
According to her, the operation continues, "it is planned until the complete liberation of Kharkiv region."
The deputy minister also reported that the occupiers deprived local residents of any communication and misinformed them.
"We spoke with local residents today. The resilience and spirit of the Ukrainians is impressive, because the Russians deprived them of any communication here and none of these people actually had the opportunity to find out what was there, in the controlled part. They were told that Ukraine no longer exists, that there is another president in Ukraine, that Ukraine will not come for them. But all our people, all of them steadfastly waited, believed that the Armed Forces would come and liberate them," Malyar said.