Frontline struggles prompt Zelenskyy to cancel Portugal and Spain trips

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy canceled his planned visits to Portugal and Spain due to the difficult situation at the front, CNN Portugal reported on May 14.

This is not the first time Zelenskyy has postponed trips to these countries.

The head of state canceled the visits due to the serious internal situation in Ukraine, CNN Portugal notes.

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The president's entourage understood that due to the difficult situation on several frontlines, particularly in Kharkiv Oblast, traveling abroad is not recommended at the moment.

Zelenskyy was to visit Madrid in the coming days to sign a bilateral agreement on security guarantees between Spain and Ukraine with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, El Pais reported on May 13.

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.

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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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