Russia announces troop pullback from Ukraine’s Kharkiv area

Mariia Ruban, 92, is helped by a neighbor as she stand at garden of her house that damaged its roof and windows after a Russian attack in Sloviansk, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. "I have lived through everything, even starvation. But I have never seen anything like this, like what happened today," says Ruban, supporting herself on a rough wooden cane as she stood in her garden. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Flames rise from a f​ire following a Russian attack in Pokrovsk, Ukraine, Saturday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Saturday that it was pulling back troops from two areas in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region where a Ukrainian counteroffensive has made significant advances in the past week.