Counter-attacks continue: Ukraine says land gains have been made in the Kharkiv region

Counter-attacks continue
Ukraine reports land gains in the Kharkiv region

After the first counterattack over the weekend, Ukrainian troops continued to advance around the city of Kharkiv. U.S. experts expect Kiev divisions to reach the Russian border soon. Meanwhile, Moscow’s troops are advancing in the southeast.

The Ukrainian armed forces have registered further victories around Kharkiv, the second largest city in the east of the country. “The occupiers are gradually being pushed back from Kharkiv,” President Volodymyr Zhelenskiz said in a video message at night. “The villages of Cherkasy Dishki, Ruski Dishki, Rubishne and Byrak were liberated,” said Ukrainian civil servants. On Facebook.

Although the Russian armed forces could have attacked the city of Kharkiv “even less” by artillery fire, “the intensity of the bombing in the Kharkiv district has increased”. According to the Ukrainian regional administration, Russian troops also dropped landmines.

The northern and northeastern parts of Kharkiv have been the target of mostly Russian rocket attacks in recent weeks. Russian forces also advanced within a few kilometers of the city. However, the US War Research Institute (ISW) said over the weekend that the Ukrainian military was “making significant progress in that part of the country and is likely to advance on the Russian border in the next few days or weeks.”

The Russians are advancing on Donbass

While the Ukrainians regained control of the lost territories in the northeast of the country, the Russians are gradually advancing about 150 kilometers southeast of the Donbass. Ukraine’s southern command says Russian forces have carried out “ruthless” attacks on homes, farms and power supplies. Clashes broke out in places including Svizerodonetsk and Bakmut. Meanwhile, Mariupol deputy mayor Pedro Andriyushchenko, now in the completely destroyed port city, said that the last Ukrainian forces had continued to face “dozens” of attacks on the Azovstel steel plant.

In the south of the country, according to the Ukrainian military, “psychological pressure on the neighbors of Transnistria” continues. Accordingly, there is a threat of “siege of the region as the Dynaster Bridge, again hit by rockets, is deactivated.” According to Ukrainian sources, units in Moscow are digging in the cities of Velika Oleksandrovka and Bruskinsky in the Chershan region. US intelligence believes Russia wants to establish land links from the occupied territories of Donbass and the Crimean peninsula to the pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria in eastern Moldova.

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