Invaders plan to advance in Kharkiv Oblast, General Staff says

16 May, 12:44 PM
Ukrainian military liberates settlements of Kharkiv region, pushing occupiers to borders with Russia (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine)

Ukrainian military liberates settlements of Kharkiv region, pushing occupiers to borders with Russia (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine)

Situation in Ukraine’s east remains tense as Russian army prepares for another offensive in Kharkiv area.

Kharkiv Oblast in eastern Ukraine, has been a major target for the Russian attacks since February 24. Nowadays, Russian invaders are trying to block advances of the Ukrainian army to the north of Kharkiv and prevent their movement east toward the state border between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff said in a statement.

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Russians are preparing own offensive operation in Kharkiv operational area, using troops stationed near the city of Izyum, reads the press release.

“The enemy is focusing its main efforts on keeping own positions [in Kharkiv area] and preventing our troops to advance closer to Ukraine’s state border with the Russian Federation,” General Staff statement reads.

On May 14, Ukrainian army started its counteroffensive operation near the city of Izyum which has been quite successful so far. Russian army retreated from several villages in Kharkiv oblast.

U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War has reported Russian invaders are likely to have made a decision to completely leave own positions near Kharkiv due to Ukraine’s Armed Forces counter-offensive and limited logistical opportunities.

Since the beginning of May, Ukrainian army has been liberating towns and villages of the Kharkiv region, while Russian army has been trying to put pressure on neighboring Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts with aircraft attacks.

On May 5, Valeriy Zaluzhniy, commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, said that Ukrainian army started a counter-offensive operation near the city of Kharkiv. They managed to push Russian troops away from following villages: Oleksandrivka, Fedorivka, Ukrayinka, Shestakovo, Peremoha.

On May 7, Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff confirmed liberation of more villages and towns in Kharkiv region – Tsyrkuny and then, three days later, Rosiyski Tyshky, Cherkaski Tyshky, Rubizhne and Bayrak.

On May 15, 227th battalion of 127th brigade of Ukraine Armed Forces Territorial Defense pushed the Russian army to the east and advanced to direct proximity to the region where Kharkiv oblast borders the Russian Federation.

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