Ukrainian forces appear to be ramping up pressure on Russian troops in eastern and southern Ukraine, causing them to withdraw from some areas.
Reuters news agency cited Ukraine's Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar on Tuesday. She said Ukraine's forces are making good progress in their operation to liberate the Kharkiv region in the east. Maliar added that it is still too early to say full control has been established over the entire region.
The governor of the eastern region of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai, expressed his view in a media interview on Tuesday that Russian forces have withdrawn in some areas. Russia had claimed that its troops seized the whole region in July.
The Institute for the Study of War, a US think tank, says Ukraine's counteroffensive is continuing to have significant impacts on Russian morale and military capabilities in southern Ukraine. It reported on Monday that satellite imagery shows that most of Russian vehicles have departed from their positions in a frontline near Kherson City.
Some Russian lawmakers say they should discuss the mobilization of citizens to bolster the Russian forces in Ukraine. A group of ruling party lawmakers submitted a bill on Monday to allow parents of three or more minors to enlist in reserve forces.
But the Russian government appears to remain negative about full mobilization because of expected protests from the public. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that there are no discussions under way on the issue at the moment.