Combat intensifies in Kharkiv Oblast as Russian army tries to advance – General Staff

9 June, 02:34 PM
The occupiers conducted offensive and assault operations in Kharkiv Oblast (Photo:General Staff)

The occupiers conducted offensive and assault operations in Kharkiv Oblast (Photo:General Staff)

 Following the Ukrainian army’s successful liberation of a number of territories in Kharkiv Oblast in the country’s east, Russia’s invasion forces are now trying to stop Ukrainian troops moving closer to Russia’s border, Ukraine’s General Staff reported on Facebook on June 9.

To block Ukraine’s counterattack near the city of Kharkiv, which is focused on liberating occupied towns and villages, Russian troops are heavily using their artillery to damage Ukrainian military units deployed to the eastern area.

Having finished with artillery shelling, the Russian army tried to advance and invade two villages – Bogorodychne and Dovgenke. A number of local battles are going on in that particular territory, Ukraine’s General Staff said.

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To prevent further Ukrainian advancs, the enemy is trying to improve its own defensive capabilities on the occupied territory of Kharkiv Oblast. For that purpose, the Russians are building fortifications and mining local roads, fields and forests.

Ukrainian emergency services are demining territories after they have been liberated. The work is currently going on in Chernihiv Oblast.

Meanwhile, in order to disrupt the work of local civil infrastructure, Russian artillery targeted these towns and villages in Kharkiv Oblast: Stary Saltiv, Rosiysky Tyshky, Cherkaski Tyshky, Korobochkyne, Asiyivka, Chepil and Udy.

The Russian operation in Kharkiv Oblast is connected to the enemy’s activities in the neighboring Donbas region,Ukraine’s General Staff said. There, Russian troops are planning to move closer to the city of Slovyansk to establish control over it, as well as over Barvinkove nearby.

To put more pressure on the region and damage it economically, Russian artillery has aimed more artillery fire at Dubrovne, Komyshuvaha, and Kurulka.

Most of the civilian populations of the big Donbas cities, like Slovyansk, Severodonetsk and Avdiyivka, have evacuated to safer places. However, a minority of residents stayed and experience extremely hard living conditions, with shortage of all the basic services.

The Russians are bringing more artillery, tanks and armored vehicles closer to Ukraine’s border, according to evidence published on social media.

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