The Russian military has likely decided to withdraw fully from its positions around the city of Kharkiv in the face of Ukrainian counteroffensives and the limited availability of reinforcements, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in a Russian offensive campaign assessment of May 13.
ISW said that Russian units have generally not attempted to hold ground against counterattacking Ukrainian forces over the past several days, with a few exceptions.
"Ukraine thus appears to have won the Battle of Kharkiv," reads the assessment.
"Ukrainian forces prevented Russian troops from encircling, let alone seizing Kharkiv, and then expelled them from around the city, as they did to Russian forces attempting to seize Kyiv."
According to ISW, the main Russian effort continues to be the attempt to encircle Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, in Donbas, from the north and from the south.