Russian Forces Make Significant Gains in Northeastern Ukraine

Ukraine's military chief says his forces are facing a 'difficult situation' in the Kharkiv region

Russia has launched a new offensive in northeastern Ukraine in a border region of the Kharkiv oblast, and the Russian Defense Ministry has reported that its forces have captured nine villages since Friday, according to Russia’s TASS news agency.

Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskii has not confirmed the extent of the Russian gains but said his forces were facing an increasingly difficult situation. “This week, the situation in the Kharkiv region has significantly worsened,” he wrote on Telegram on Sunday.

“There are ongoing battles in the border areas along the state border with the Russian Federation … Ukrainian defense forces are doing everything they can to hold defensive lines and positions,” Syrskii added.

Military situation in Kharviv region on May 11, 2024 (

Local Ukrainian officials say that at least 4,000 civilians have fled the Kharkiv region since Russia launched the offensive on Friday. Much of the fighting is now centered around Vovchansk, the largest village in the area, which is only about three miles from the Russian border.

Russia’s surprise offensive in the northeast has forced Ukraine to rush reinforcements to the area, straining its defenses in other places where its defensive lines are already at risk of collapsing. The $61 billion in new US spending on the proxy war is not expected to help Ukraine’s chances of victory on the battlefield and will only prolong the war.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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