10 things you need to know today: September 14, 2022

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1. Ukraine pushes deeper into Russian-occupied areas

Ukrainian troops recaptured more territory in northeastern Kharkiv province on Tuesday, as Russian occupying forces continued their frenzied retreat amid Ukraine's surprisingly effective counteroffensive. Ukraine's border guard services said the army has retaken the town of Vovchansk, just two miles from the Russian border, for the first time since the Feb. 24 invasion. Russia also abandoned Melitopol, the second largest city in Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia province, and fled toward Russian-annexed Crimea, according to the city's pre-occupation mayor. Russia's hasty retreat was unexpected after months of an apparent stalemate. "They left like the wind," one Ukrainian civilian, Svitlana Honchar, said in the newly freed northeastern village of Chkalovske. "They were fleeing by any means they could."

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