Ukraine stabilizing security in recaptured areas

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stressed that stabilization measures are moving forward in territories that have been liberated from Russian control.

Ukrainian troops are stepping up their counteroffensive in the eastern region of Kharkiv. Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar expressed her resolve on Tuesday to liberate the entire region.

Ukrainian forces are also fighting back in the south.

The Institute for the Study of War, a US think tank, says "Ukrainian forces are continuing to make impactful gains in Kherson Oblast and are steadily degrading the morale and combat capabilities of Russian forces in the area."

Zelenskyy said in a video on Tuesday that stabilization measures have been completed in the districts which cover a total area of more than 4,000 square kilometers.

He said, "Stabilization continues in the liberated territory of approximately the same size."

He added, "Remnants of occupiers and sabotage groups are being detected, collaborators are being detained and full security is being restored."

US President Joe Biden was asked by reporters whether the situation in Ukraine has reached a turning point.

Biden said it's hard to tell. He said it's clear the Ukrainians have made significant progress, but he thinks "it's going to be a long haul."