Ukraine troops outnumbered Russian invaders by EIGHT to one

Ukraine troops outnumber Russian invaders by EIGHT to one as they push Moscow’s fleeing troops back to Donbas but Putin’s army ‘tortures and murders civilians’ as they retreat

  • Russian troops have been driven from more than 20 settlements in 24 hours
  • Lightning advance has left Moscow’s army in disarray as soldiers flee to Donbas
  • Ukrainian regional prosecutor says Russian troops killed villagers in Zaliznychne
  • Law enforcement officers discovered four bodies amid ‘signs of torture’ 

Ukraine took back more territory from invading forces yesterday amid horrific reports that fleeing Russian soldiers had tortured and murdered civilians.

Vladimir Putin’s troops were driven from more than 20 settlements in 24 hours in a lightning advance in the north-eastern Kharkiv region.

It has left Moscow’s army in disarray as Russian soldiers – outnumbered eight to one – fled to Donbas, Ukraine’s occupied eastern industrial heartland.

The Ukrainian regional prosecutor’s office said that after the village of Zaliznychne was recaptured, residents reported Russian troops had killed fellow villagers.

‘On September 11, law enforcement officers discovered four bodies. All of them show signs of torture,’ the prosecutors said on social media.

Ukrainian soldiers pose alongside Russian military equipment left in the Kharkiv region by retreating Putin’s retreating troops

A soldier of the artillery division in the UA Army collects Russian abandoned anti-tank rocket launchers

Ukrainian soldiers pose for a photograph next to a Russian tank left behind by retreating Russian forces

Ukraine’s military intelligence said yesterday Putin (pictured) had sacked Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov after 16 days in the job

Early in the invasion, Russian troops killed hundreds in towns and villages they occupied in their failed advance on Kyiv.

Unusually, the scale of Moscow’s latest humiliation has been acknowledged by those backing its invasion.

Vitaly Ganchev, a Kremlin-installed official in the Kharkiv region, told Russian state TV ‘the situation is becoming more difficult by the hour’. 

He added: ‘If we talk about the force that was transferred to the counter-offensive of the Ukrainian army, it outnumbered our troops by about eight to one, no less.

‘In order to preserve our personnel, it was decided to withdraw, regroup.’

On the state-backed, Gazprom-owned NTV channel a three-strong panel on a prime-time debate also acknowledged the rout.

‘It is impossible to defeat Ukraine,’ said ex-MP Boris Nadezhdin. 

‘A strong army is opposing the Russian army, fully supported by the most powerful countries.’

A residential house damaged by a military strike in the village of Udy recently liberated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces

A police sapper carries a cassette with anti-personnel mines POM-3 after returning from the village of Udy

Ukraine’s military intelligence said yesterday Putin had sacked Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov after 16 days in the job because of his failure to hold vast swathes of Ukrainian territory in the past week.

It comes as Ukrainian troops shared videos on social media showing abandoned Russian tanks, artillery and other military hardware.

Ukrainian flags flew again over liberated towns for the first time in six months.

Russia retaliated yesterday with continuous strikes on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine’s second-biggest city, Kharkiv. 

Shelling disrupted power and water supplies and at least one person died, according to local officials.

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