NewsUkrainian forces hold firm in Vovchansk amid relentless Russian assaults

Ukrainian forces hold firm in Vovchansk amid relentless Russian assaults

After the attack by Russian forces on the outskirts of Kharkiv
After the attack by Russian forces on the outskirts of Kharkiv
Images source: © PAP | Mykola Kalyeniak

7:04 AM EDT, May 20, 2024

The Deputy Head of the Kharkiv Regional Government, Roman Semenucha, said on Monday on Ukrainian state television that despite the ongoing Russian offensive, they have managed to defend most of the border town of Vovchansk. However, the Russian attacks are relentless, and the situation could change at any moment.

Russia is sparing no effort to achieve significant success on the battlefront against Ukraine in the border area near Kharkiv. The attacks are particularly intense around the town of Vovchansk.

"About 60 percent of the town is controlled by Ukrainian forces, but that means the attacks do not cease," Roman Semenucha said on Monday, emphasizing that the enemy is relentlessly advancing, trying to push Ukrainian soldiers out of the town. The defenders are still managing to resist.

The Ukrainian army fiercely defends Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region. They have understood the Russian objectives

According to PAP, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the latest update on the situation in the Kharkiv region. According to these reports, the Ukrainians continue to defend against Putin's army's massive attacks.

"The Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled the enemy's attack in the direction of the village of Starytsia. The situation is under control. Additionally, our units have strengthened defensive lines and positions in some areas. In the Kupiansk sector, our defenders successfully repelled the enemy's attack on Synkivka. Here, too, the situation is under control," said the General Staff's statement on Telegram.

Earlier, the head of the Center for Countering Disinformation, Andriy Kovalenko, reported that Vovchansk is being systematically destroyed, and the Russians are leveling the town with guided aerial bombs. The tense situation in this area has been noted since May 10.

The Kharkiv region is located next to the Belgorod region in Russia. Ukrainian military officials believe the Russian forces intend to create a 6-mile buffer zone in this area, which would put Kharkiv within the range of Russian tube artillery while keeping Russian logistical centers out of the reach of Ukrainian forces.

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