Ukrainian forces engage Russian troops in Vovchansk's northern sector - General Staff

Fighting continues in the north of Vovchansk
Fighting continues in the north of Vovchansk

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed the advance of the Russian troops to the northern part of the city of Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast on May 15.

The defense forces inflict fire damage on the invaders, the message said.

"Ukrainian units are identifying individual groups of the enemy, locations of deployment of its artillery with the help of intelligence tools, and inflicting fire damage in order to prevent the enemy from accumulating forces and means in the northern part of the city of Vovchansk," the message said.

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The military is "combing" the city buildings and holding under fire the places of concentration of manpower and equipment of the Russian invaders, as well as possible places of equipment for the positions of the Russian Armed Forces.

The Russians have not conducted active assaults since the beginning of the day, trying to gain a foothold in occupied positions, the General Staff said.

Since the beginning of the invaders offensive in Kharkiv Oblast, the losses of the aggressor amount to approximately 615 killed and wounded, 98 units of weapons and military equipment of Russia were destroyed or damaged, according to the General Staff.

Russians entered the northern part of the city of Vovchansk and are trying to bypass it from the east, Bild analyst reported early on May 15. The publication confirmed the information of the Institute for the Study of War about the decrease in the rate of offensive of the Russian Armed Forces in Kharkiv Oblast.

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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.

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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.

In some areas in the north of Kharkiv Oblast, Ukrainian troops had moved to more favorable positions as a result of the Russian assault, the General Staff later added.

The city of Vovchansk was almost completely destroyed as a result of constant shelling by the Russians, the Oblast Military Administration said on May 14. The situation in the settlement is critical.

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