Russia Ordered Its Air Force Stand Down

The responses still don't show a notion of a strategic setback, despite Russia categorising its subsequent force movement as "repositioning" and "regrouping,"

hinting that Moscow recognised the unexpected and unpleasant Ukrainian battlefield success.

Experts and hardliners have called for abandoning caution and waging "total war," which would unleash all of Russia's military prowess.

After the loss of Izyum/Izium, reports of the Ukrainian offensive and the ensuing Russian "withdrawal"/"repositioning" surfaced by Saturday. 

This was in response to President Volodymyr Zelensky's video address, in which he announced the liberation of the 2,000 square kilometres.

The military engaged in "a number of distraction and demonstration actions replicating the real conduct of troops" during the operation.

Then, in the three days following September 7, it asserted that a "strong" artillery, missile, and aircraft strike attack had destroyed 100 pieces of Ukrainian armour,

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