Russian strike kills two civilians in Kharkiv Oblast

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

Russian forces killed two local residents in the Vovchansk municipality in Kharkiv Oblast, during combat operations, Oleh Synehubov, the regional governor, reported on Telegram on May 14.

Russian shelling in Vovchansk at 11:55 a.m. EET killed an 80-year-old woman and set a house on fire, he said.

In the village of Hatyshche, an 83-year-old civilian man succumbed to shrapnel wounds.

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Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast

Russian forces attempted to penetrate Ukraine's defenses near Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast at 5 a.m. on May 10, but Ukrainian defenders repelled the attack, Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported.

The Russians also heavily shelled border settlements.

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Russian troops initiated a new wave of counteroffensives on this front, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed. He also announced the redeployment of Ukrainian forces to the Kharkiv sector.

There were ongoing battles in Strilecha, Pylna, Borysivka, Oliynykove, and Ohirtseve in Kharkiv Oblast on May 10, the General Staff reported. Ukrainian forces launched counterattacks near Lyptsi and Vovchansk.

Russian forces occupied several villages in the border areas of Kharkiv Oblast, the DeepState monitoring group claimed earlier.

Russian soldiers are localized in Kharkiv Oblast's "gray zone," and it is not expanding, Khortytsia National Security Service representative Nazar Voloshyn said on national TV.

Russia had tactical successes near Vovchansk, and the situation on the Kharkiv front remained difficult, Ukraine’s General Staff reported overnight on May 13.

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