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Russian forces advance on city in Kharkiv region

Russian forces on Wednesday (15) consolidated positions inside the Ukrainian city of Vovchansk, in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, the local police chief said.

Oleksiy Kharkivskiy said in a Facebook post that “the situation is extremely difficult. The enemy gained positions on the streets of the city of Vovchansk.”

The capture of the city five kilometers from the border would be Russia's most significant achievement since the start of the incursion into the Kharkiv region last Friday. The move would force Kiev to send immediate reinforcements to the location.

The Ukrainian armed forces said on Tuesday (14) that their fighters had retreated to “more advantageous” positions in two areas of the Kharkiv region, including on the outskirts of Vovchansk. The states that the movement is a consequence “of enemy artillery” and said that the decision was taken to “preserve the lives of our fighters and avoid losses”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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