Zelenskyy orders to postpone all international visits due to Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, instructed his staff to postpone all international events with his participation, planned for the upcoming days, and to come across with the new dates, Presidential spokesperson Serhiy Nikiforov said on May 15.

Zelenskyy held a daily selector, addressing the situation in Kharkiv Oblast and provision of all necessary to Ukrainian Defense Forces.

President listened to the report of the Armed Forces General Staff Chief Anatoliy Barhylevych.

The commanders of the State Border Service, the National Guard, and the Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi, who "makes all decisions based on comprehensive information" are working on the spot.

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"Additional forces are being deployed, there are reserves. Intelligence sees and predicts all probable steps of the enemy. Oleksandr Syrskyi regularly reports to the President about the situation," Nikiforov added.

Zelenskyy canceled his planned visits to Portugal and Spain due to the difficult situation at the front, CNN Portugal reported earlier.

Russia's offensive in Kharkiv Oblast 

Russian forces tried to breach Ukrainian defenses near Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast, but Ukrainian forces repelled the attacks, Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported.

The Russians also heavily shelled border towns.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced a new wave of counteroffensive actions by Russian forces in the area, stating that Ukraine will reinforce its troops on the Kharkiv front.

As of the evening of May 10, there are ongoing battles for populated areas in the "gray zone," according to Ukraine's General Staff.

The White House indicated that Russian forces are preparing for a "larger" offensive on Kharkiv.

Russian forces resumed assault operations near the village of Hlyboke on the morning of May 11, media sources reported.

Russian troops in Kharkiv Oblast are localized in the "gray zone" and are not expanding, Nazar Voloshyn, a spokesperson for the Khortytsia operational and strategic troop grouping, said during a TV interview on May 11.

The DeepState monitoring group claimed on May 12 that Russian forces occupied several villages in the border areas of Kharkiv Oblast.

In order to save the lives of soldiers, positions were changed near the village of Lukyantsi in Kharkiv Oblast, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced on May 14.

The General Staff later added that in some areas in the north of Kharkiv Oblast, Ukrainian troops had moved to more favorable positions as a result of the Russian assault.

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