Russian army captures four border villages in Kharkiv Oblast during offensive, journalist says

Russian army offensive in northern Kharkiv Oblast on May 10
Russian army offensive in northern Kharkiv Oblast on May 10

The Russian army captured four border villages during an offensive in the north of Kharkiv Oblast on May 10: Strilecha, Krasne, Pylna, and Borysivka, Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Butusov reported on Facebook on May 10.

Russian attacks were repelled in other areas. A slight Russian advance was also recorded near Vovchansk.

"The largest captured settlement is Strilecha," he said.

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“This area near the border, with the exception of Strilecha, which was actually a gray zone, and as it turned out, the defense line was not deployed there, so the enemy managed to create a bridgehead up to 10 km wide and 5 km deep on the territory of Ukraine without any obstacles. The total area of the captured territory is over 30 square kilometers. This is about 40 kilometers from Kharkiv.”

The Russian army's further offensive has been suspended due to the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the fire on the Russians.

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"The actions of the Russians were not unexpected for the Ukrainian command," the journalist said.

“But why the enemy managed to capture such a large territory so quickly with infantry forces is a big question. Of course, the forces there are not equal, our tactical reserves are operating from the depths, because the enemy has an advantage in the number of reconnaissance drones and means of destruction – aviation and artillery. But we have been talking about the offensive for many months, and we had enough time to prepare so that the infantry would not march.”

Russian offensive near Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast on May 10

Russian invasion forces attempted an assault near Vovchansk at 5 a.m. on May 10, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported. Reserve units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were sent to Kharkiv Oblast, and "battles of varying intensity are ongoing," the ministry said.

The head of the Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, Oleh Synehubov, earlier confirmed the intensification of shelling in Vovchansk and the work of Russian sabotage and reconnaissance groups. He believes the enemy grouping does not pose a threat to the city of Kharkiv.

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DeepState analysts also reported that the aggressor has intensified its activities in Kharkiv Oblast. The Russian Federation is trying to enter and gain a foothold in a number of settlements along the border, in particular, in the villages of Strilecha - Krasne - Pylna - Borysivka. There are also attempts by the enemy to enter the settlements of Hatyshche and Pletenivka.

According to Reuters sources, the Russians have advanced 1 kilometer near Vovchansk to create a 10 km buffer zone.

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