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3:28 a.m. ET, May 15, 2024

Heavy fighting ongoing in Kharkiv region, Ukraine army says



An armored vehicle is seen in Vovchansk, Kharkiv Region, Ukraine on May 13.

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Ukraine’s northern region of Kharkiv is enduring “heavy fighting” as Russian troops pushed on with ground and air offensives on Wednesday, Ukraine’s army said.

“Heavy fighting is ongoing,” said General Serhii Melnyk, Commander of the Kharkiv city defense forces.

“Three combat engagements are still ongoing,” Melnyk said.

“In some areas, near (the towns of) Vovchansk and Lukiantsi, Ukrainian defenders were forced to move to more favorable positions to more effectively use their forces and defend the region from the offensive.”

Kharkiv’s border town of Vovchansk was liberated from Russian occupation more than 18 months ago.

Ukrainian troops repelled 11 attacks and are holding back Russia’s advance towards “Lyptsi from Hlyboke and Lukiantsi, and towards Vovchansk from the direction of Shebekino (Russia),” Melnyk said.

“Three combat engagements are still ongoing,” Melnyk said.

Kharkiv city was hit Tuesday by a Russian airstrike that wounded 24 people, including 4 children, and damaged residential buildings, Melnyk said.

The attack also killed one person.

“On May 14, an enemy drone crashed into a residential building on a city street, killing an 80-year-old woman. Another person was killed in the village of Hatyshche,” according to the city’s defense forces commander.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that they had “liberated” the settlement of Buhrovatka in the Kharkiv region and “defeated the manpower and equipment” of Ukraine’s army in Vesele, Vovchansk, and Lyptsi.

At 3:28 a.m. ET on May 15, 2024, heavy fighting was reported to be ongoing in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, as confirmed by the Ukraine army. The northern region of Kharkiv is currently experiencing intense ground and air offensives by Russian troops, according to army officials.

General Serhii Melnyk, the Commander of the Kharkiv city defense forces, stated that “heavy fighting is ongoing” in the region. He mentioned that three combat engagements were still active, with Ukrainian defenders being forced to adjust their positions near the towns of Vovchansk and Lukiantsi to effectively defend against the offensive.

Kharkiv’s border town of Vovchansk, which was liberated from Russian occupation over 18 months ago, is now facing renewed attacks. Ukrainian troops have successfully repelled 11 attacks and are holding back Russia’s advance towards Lyptsi from Hlyboke and Lukiantsi, as well as towards Vovchansk from the direction of Shebekino in Russia.

In a tragic turn of events, a Russian airstrike on Kharkiv city on Tuesday led to the injury of 24 people, including four children, and damaged residential buildings. The attack resulted in the death of one person. Additionally, an enemy drone crashed into a residential building, claiming the life of an 80-year-old woman, and another person was killed in the village of Hatyshche, as reported by the city’s defense forces commander.

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed on Tuesday that they had “liberated” the settlement of Buhrovatka in the Kharkiv region and had defeated the manpower and equipment of Ukraine’s army in Vesele, Vovchansk, and Lyptsi. The situation in Kharkiv remains tense as both sides continue to engage in combat in the region.

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