Updates on Ukraine: Russians concede defeat in Kharkiv; Zelenskyy travels to Izium after forces leave the destroyed city.

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As Ukrainian forces on Wednesday mounted a counteroffensive that drove occupying troops out of roughly 300 northeastern cities and towns

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a phalanx of military experts sweeping across Russian TV are conceding the Kremlin's defeat in the Kharkiv region.

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In its most recent evaluation of a conflict that started with Russia's invasion on February 24

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The Institute for the Study of War noted that "the Kremlin accepted its defeat in Kharkiv Oblast

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The first time Moscow has officially recognised a defeat."

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The causes for the Russian defeat in Kharkiv are extensively covered on TV by Kremlin officials and state media propagandists

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According to the Daily Beast, Bogdan Bezpalko, a member of Russia's Council for Interethnic Relations

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bemoaned the absence of military reconnaissance before the counteroffensive.

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Naturally, this is a tactical failure, Bezpalko declared. I anticipate it being extremely sobering.

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