Ukraine conducting sweeps north of Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast to ensure Russia doesn't gain a foothold

Vovchansk after the repeated Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast
Vovchansk after the repeated Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast

Ukrainian Defense Forces are currently conducting sweeps north of Vovchansk to prevent Russian troops from gaining a foothold, Tavria Operational & Strategic Troop spokesperson, Dmytro Lykhoviy, said on national television.

11 combat clashes took place on the Kharkiv front over the past day, he said. Fighting took place near the settlements of Lyptsi, Staritsa, and Vovchansk.

Ukrainian defense forces hit the Russian invaders with artillery and drones, knocking out 320 Russian soldiers and 43 pieces of military equipment.

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Russia attacked Ukrainian positions on the Kupyansk front ten times, he said, noting that there were 141 combat clashes reported.

Russian advance in Kharkiv Oblast

The Russians have heavily shelled border settlements in Kharkiv Oblast.

Russian troops initiated a new wave of counteroffensives on this front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said while announcing the redeployment of Ukrainian forces to the Kharkiv sector.

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Russia had tactical successes near Vovchansk on May 13, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said, adding that the situation on the Kharkiv front remained difficult.

The attack on Vovchansk and an attempt to encircle the city is a priority goal of Russian troops, the Institute for the Study of War believes.

Vovchansk was almost completely destroyed by relentless Russian shelling on May 14, local authorities reported, adding that the situation in the city is critical.

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Russian invaders were taking positions on the streets of Vovchansk on May 15, Vochchansk's patrol police chief, Oleksiy Kharkivsky, reported.

The advance of Russian troops into northern Vovchansk was later confirmed by Ukraine's General Staff.

Ukraine has so far managed to "increase confidence" in the direction of Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast, Zelenskyy said on May 16. He stated that the counterattack actions of the Armed Forces are taking place in various areas, in particular in the border areas of Kharkiv Oblast.

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