SBI opens case against 125th Brigade commanders

The investigation found that border breach may have been caused by the “negligent attitude to military service” of the command
The investigation found that border breach may have been caused by the “negligent attitude to military service” of the command

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating the Russian army's breach of the Ukrainian border in Kharkiv Oblast on May 10, according to a case file published on May 17 in the Unified State Register of Court Decisions.

The possible reason for the rapid advance of Russian forces could be the abandonment of combat positions by the 125th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade near the villages of Strilecha, Krasne, Borysivka, Pylyne, and Hatyshche.

As a result, the Russian attack had to be repulsed by the second line of defense.

The retreat led to personnel and military equipment losses for the Ukrainian troops.

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The investigation found that this may have been caused by the "negligent attitude to military service" of the command of the 125th Brigade and its subordinate units, including the 415th Separate Rifle Battalion, the 23rd Mechanized Brigade, and the 172nd Separate Rifle Battalion. They were found to have "inadequately organized the defense of positions."

Russian advance in Kharkiv Oblast

Russian troops have heavily shelled border settlements in Kharkiv Oblast, initiating a new wave of counteroffensives near Vovchansk on May 10. In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced the redeployment of Ukrainian forces to the Kharkiv sector.

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Several villages in northern Kharkiv Oblast came under Russian occupation, monitoring groups reported.

On May 17, Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi said that Russian troops had expanded the area of active combat operations by almost 70 kilometers during the Kharkiv Oblast offensive, forcing the Ukrainian Armed Forces to call up brigades from reserve.

More than 10,000 people have been evacuated from the northern frontline in Kharkiv Oblast since the beginning of the new Russian offensive, according to regional governor Oleh Synehubov.

Ukrainian forces were able to stabilize the situation in Vovchansk, said Nazar Voloshyn, spokesperson for the Khortytsia Operational-Strategic Troop Grouping, adding that Russian troops continue attempts to break through Ukrainian defenses near Lyptsi, Vovchansk, and Starytsia. According to the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War, as of May 23, Ukraine had recaptured some ground in Vovchansk.

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