Frontline in Kharkiv Oblast nears stabilization - Ukrainian military

Ukrainian soldiers fire from a howitzer
Ukrainian soldiers fire from a howitzer

“The frontline in Kharkiv Oblast is very close to stabilization, with the most difficult situation in the city Vovchansk,” commander of the Achilles Battalion of the 92nd Separate Assault Brigade, Yuriy Fedorenko, told the Ukrainian TV channel  Espresso on May 16.

The Russians know why they came to the oblast and are expected to step up their efforts.

"The Russians realize that they still have a window of about a month and a half to two months," he said.

“It is a month and a half to two months that the Defense Forces need to accumulate the maximum amount of ammunition and firepower to fight the enemy with the new strength and deprive it of its attack and assault capabilities.

The Russians are trying to test the Ukrainian defense and realize their tactical intentions in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

“I am convinced that the Russians will not succeed in realizing this. The defense forces are strong and powerful. Besides, we have already begun to receive (Western) ammunition. The ground under the enemy's feet is starting to burn more and more actively.”

Russian advance in Kharkiv Oblast

The Russians have heavily shelled border settlements in Kharkiv Oblast.

Russian troops initiated a new wave of counteroffensives on this front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said while announcing the redeployment of Ukrainian forces to the Kharkiv sector.

Russia had tactical successes near Vovchansk on May 13, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said, adding that the situation on the Kharkiv front remained difficult.

The attack on Vovchansk and an attempt to encircle the city is a priority goal of Russian troops, the Institute for the Study of War believes.

Vovchansk was almost completely destroyed by relentless Russian shelling on May 14, local authorities reported, adding that the situation in the city is critical.

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Russian invaders were taking positions on the streets of Vovchansk on May 15, Vochchansk's patrol police chief, Oleksiy Kharkivskyi, reported.

The advance of Russian troops into northern Vovchansk was later confirmed by Ukraine's General Staff.

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