Counterattacks continue: Ukraine reports land gains in Kharkiv region

The counterattacks continue
Ukraine reports land gains in Kharkiv region

After the first counterattacks of the weekend, Ukrainian troops continue their advance around the city of Kharkiv. American experts expect units from kyiv to reach the Russian border soon. Meanwhile, troops from Moscow are advancing in the southeast.

Ukraine’s armed forces have reported further territory gains around the second-largest city of Kharkiv in the east of the country. “The occupiers are gradually being pushed back from Kharkiv,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyj said in a video message overnight. “The villages of Cherkasy Tyshky, Rusky Tyshky, Rubishne and Bayrak have been liberated,” the Ukrainian General Staff posted on Facebook.

While the Russian armed forces could hit the city of Kharkiv “even less” with artillery attacks, “the intensity of shelling in the Kharkiv district has increased”. According to the Ukrainian regional administration, Russian troops also left behind traps.

The northern and northeastern parts of Kharkiv have been frequent targets of Russian rocket attacks in recent weeks. Russian troops also advanced a few kilometers from the town. However, the US Institute for War Research (ISW) said over the weekend that the Ukrainian military “is making significant progress in this part of the country and is likely to advance to the Russian border in the next few days or weeks”.

The Russians advance in the Donbass

While the Ukrainians regain control of the territories lost in the northeast of the country, the Russians are gradually advancing about 150 kilometers southeast into the Donbass. Ukraine’s Southern Command reported “ruthless” attacks by Russian forces on homes, farms and electricity sources. There were clashes in Sievzherodonetsk and Bakhmut, among other places. Meanwhile, the deputy mayor of the now almost completely destroyed port city of Mariupol, Petro Andryushchenko, reported that the last Ukrainian forces at the Azovstal steel plant continued to face “dozens” of attacks.

In the south of the country, the “psychological pressure on the neighboring population of Transnistria” continues, according to the Ukrainian army. As a result, there is a threat of a “blockade of the region due to the dismantling of the Dniester bridge, which again came under rocket attack.” According to Ukrainian sources, Moscow units are digging in the towns of Welyka Olexandrivka and Bruskyns’ke in the Cherson region. US intelligence services believe Russia wants to establish a land connection between occupied territories in Donbass and near the Crimean Peninsula and the pro-Russian breakaway region of Transnistria in eastern Moldova.

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