Vovchansk faces invasion: Russian forces advance amid ongoing battles – Bild

Consequences of the shelling of Vovchansk (illustrative photo)
Consequences of the shelling of Vovchansk (illustrative photo)

Russian troops have occupied the northern part of Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast, and are bypassing the town from the east, Bild reported on May 15.

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The Russians entered the northern part of Vovchansk, and fighting continues in the area of the meat processing plant, according to Julian Röpcke, Bild's open data analyst.

The defense is being carried out, in particular, by fighters of the Free Russia Legion and the Russian Volunteer Corps. At the same time, Russian troops are trying to bypass the town four kilometers to the east, where they managed to cut the road from Vovchansk to Tykhe, Röpcke writes.

Near the town, the Russian military seized the villages of Pletenivka, Ohurtsove, Hatyshche and Buhruvatka. At the same time, Bild confirms that the pace of the Russian advance has slowed down.

At the same time, Russian troops are advancing on the village of Lyptsi, but they are storming it with infantry only, without equipment. According to the analyst, the invasion forces managed to take the villages of Strilecha, Krasne, Pylna, Borysivka, and also entered Lukyantsi and Hlyboke.

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MP Oleksii Honcharenko also reported that Russians are taking positions in Vovchansk, and the town is coming under occupation. Some Telegram channels cite Denys Yaroslavskyi, a police officer from Kharkiv Oblast, as saying that Russian troops are already on the streets of Vovchansk.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported in the early hours of May 15 that the Ukrainian army units had moved to more favorable positions near Lukyantsi and Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast.

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.

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.

Read also: Pace of Russian advance slows as forces seek connection between Vovchansk and Liptsi in Kharkiv Oblast – ISW

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.

Read also: Vovchansk fortifications built despite intense Russian shelling — local authorities

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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