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Russia kilos 30 cities and villages in Ukraine’s Kharkiv area


A resident from Vovchansk who fled attributable to Russian shelling, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, arrive in evacuation centre in Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 13, 2024.
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Russia pounded over 30 villages and cities in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv area after launching a floor offensive within the border area, forcing virtually 6,000 to evacuate, the Governor stated on Monday.

Ukraine’s General Staff acknowledged on Monday that Russia “currently is achieving tactical success” after driving a wedge into Kyiv’s defences.

Russia’s Defence Ministry stated on Monday that troops had “improved the tactical position and dealt a blow to (Ukrainian) manpower” round border villages together with Lyptsi and the city of Vovchansk.

“They are shelling the villages, firing on everything they can,” Sergiy Kryvetchenko, deputy head of the navy administration within the village of Lyptsi, advised AFP.

“The KABs (guided aerial bombs) are flying. The artillery is flying. Drones. Everything,” he stated.

On Friday, Russia started an offensive throughout its border into the Kharkiv area and later claimed to have taken a number of villages within the area close to the border.

The state of affairs within the Kharkiv area is “complex and dynamically changing”, with Russian troops mounting assaults in numerous areas, Ukraine’s General Staff stated.

Kharkiv regional governor Oleg Synegubov wrote on social media that over the past day, “more than 30” cities and villages “were struck by enemy artillery and mortar attacks”, wounding not less than 9 individuals.

Some areas have been additionally bombed by Russian plane, Mr. Synegubov added.

A complete of 5,762 individuals have been evacuated from their houses because the begin of the offensive, the governor stated.

Over the course of Sunday, Russia “carried out 22 assaults” in 5 border areas, 14 of which have been nonetheless ongoing, the General Staff stated.

The General Staff stated preventing was ongoing for the border city of Vovchansk, the place Russia was deploying “significant forces”, numbering as much as 5 battalions.

Vovchansk, which beforehand had a inhabitants of two,500 however now has solely 200-300 residents, suffered “massive shelling” on Sunday that hit homes and wounded seven, stated Mr. Synegubov.

A 69-year-old man was additionally wounded within the city of Izyum by detonating ammunition and a girl was injured in a village close to the city of Kupiansk.

The metropolis of Kharkiv itself had not been struck over the past 24 hours, nevertheless, he stated.

‘Expanding’ entrance line

Mr. Synegubov stated on nationwide tv that “the grey zone and the front line are expanding” as a result of Russia is “trying to deliberately stretch it, attacking in small groups in new directions”.

The DeepState Telegram channel, which is near the Ukrainian military, wrote that Russia had taken pockets of territory measuring round 100 sq. kilometres (39 sq. miles).

Russia “continues to advance to Vovchansk”, the channel stated.

“They are gaining foothold on the outskirts for further entry into the town.”

Russia was additionally advancing in direction of the border village of Lyptsi and making an attempt to enter the close by village of Glyboke, it stated.

Ukraine was mounting “constant fire”, together with from drones, “but unfortunately it does not stop them”.

The Russian defence ministry stated troops had repelled Ukrainian counterattacks close to Glyboke.

Rybar, a Russian Telegram channel with navy hyperlinks, stated Moscow’s offensive led to territorial good points as a result of troops took some villages the place Russian troopers already had a presence and others that have been “deserted wastelands”.

As of Monday morning, there have been no “large-scale breakthroughs of the enemy’s defences”, Rybar stated.

Ukrainian navy stated Russia was additionally shelling the Sumy and Chernigiv border areas additional west.

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