Russian military presence and sabotage operations persist on Chernihiv and Sumy border

Border (illustrative photo)
Border (illustrative photo)

Russian forces persist in their presence, conducting sabotage and reconnaissance activities along the borders of Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) reported on Facebook on May 29.

Russia continues shelling residential areas from its territory, the report said.

The Pokrovskyi front in Donetsk Oblast remains a focal point of tension, with eight active clashes reported. Russia's most intense actions are near the village of Novoselivka Persha. The AFU have successfully repelled two more Russian assaults, including near the village of Yasnobrodivka . The AFU are taking measures to stabilize the situation in this sector.

Possible Russian advance on Sumy

The Russian attacks in Kharkiv Oblast will continue for "another three or four days", after which the Russian troops are expected to "make a decisive offensive in the direction of Sumy," Ukrainian Military Intelligence (HUR) head, Kyrylo Budanov, told The New York Times on May 14.

Russia maintains a small group of forces on the border near Sumy Oblast, he said.

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The Russians planned to attack Sumy Oblast in connection with Kharkiv Oblast, National Security and Defence Council's Center for Countering Disinformation head, Andriy Kovalenko, said.

The situation in Sumy Oblast is under control, civilians were evacuated from Bilopillya on the recommendation of the military, and the construction of defense structures in the region is almost complete, regional governor, Volodymyr Artyukh, said in response to Budanov's comments.

The Russians would not have enough strength to attack Sumy Oblast, Kharkiv Oblast, and the eastern regions of Ukraine at the same time, Sumy District Council deputy chair, Volodymyr Bitsak, said on May 15.

A Russian offensive in Ukraine’s northeastern Sumy Oblast cannot be ruled out, State Border Guard Service spokesperson, Andriy Demchenko, said on May 23.

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