State Border Guard combat brigades show a pre-emptive strike on Russian invaders in Kharkiv Oblast - video

Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast
Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast

Expecting a Russian attack, Ukrainian border guards carried out pre-emptive strikes on targets near Vovchansk, Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service (SBGS) reported, sharing a corresponding video on Telegram.

The 'Gart' and 'Steel Border' border guard combat brigades used 120 mm mortars and Vampire attack drones to stymie the expected Russian attack.

Russian advance in Kharkiv Oblast

Russian troops have heavily shelled border settlements in Kharkiv Oblast, initiating a new wave of counteroffensives near Vovchansk on May 10, followed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announcing Ukrainian forces redeployment to the Kharkiv sector in response.

Several villages in northern Kharkiv Oblast came under Russian occupation, monitoring groups reported.

Russian troops have expanded the area of active combat operations by almost 70 kilometers during the Kharkiv Oblast offensive to force the Ukrainian Armed Forces to call up to brigades from reserve, Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi said on May 17.

More than 10,000 people have been evacuated from the northern frontline Kharkiv Oblast since the beginning of the new Russian offensive, regional governor, Oleh Synehubov, reported on Telegram on May 19.

Ukrainian Defense forces now control 60% of Vovchansk, where the Russians launched their offensive,  Kharkiv Oblast Administration Deputy head, Roman Semenukha, said.

Defense Forces were able to stabilize the situation in Vovchansk, 'Khortytsia' Operational-Strategic Group spokesperson, Nazar Voloshyn, said, adding that the Russian troops continue attempts to break through Ukrainian defenses near Lyptsi, Vovchansk, and Staritsa.

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