Frontline situation is difficult, but not catastrophic, says Ukraine’s NSDC Secretary

Ukraine's 43rd separate artillery brigade fires from self-propelled howitzer
Ukraine's 43rd separate artillery brigade fires from self-propelled howitzer

"The situation at the front is extremely difficult, but far from catastrophic," Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Secretary, Oleksandr Lytvynenko, told participants at the Baltic Sea Region Forum: NATO 2024 and Arctic Europe on May 20.

"Our troops continue heavy and exhausting battles for small villages and towns in Donetsk and Zaporizhzhya oblasts," he said, highlighting a more concerning aspect of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s "threat to create a no-man’s land."

Russian Air Forces continue to target critical infrastructure facilities supplying major industrial cities in eastern and southern Ukraine.

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Russia is employing a strategy similar to that used in Syria, aiming to provoke a migration crisis. "In doing so, not only military personnel are dying and suffering, but also children, women, and the elderly," Lytvynenko said.

Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast

On May 10, Russian forces attempted to breach Ukraine's defenses near Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. Ukrainian forces successfully repelled the attacks.

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Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported that Russian troops had launched a new counteroffensive in the area.

Monitoring groups noted that several villages in northern Kharkiv had been occupied.

Oleksandr Syrskyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, described the situation in Kharkiv Oblast as "escalating." He stated that Russian troops had extended the active combat zone by 70 km.

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