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Ukrainian army reports heavy fighting with Russians in Kharkiv region

The Kharkiv region in northern Ukraine is facing “heavy fighting” as Russian troops advance with ground and air offensives this Wednesday (15), the Ukrainian army said.

“Intense fighting is ongoing,” said General Serhii Melnyk, commander of the Kharkiv city defense forces.

“Three fights are still ongoing,” Melnyk said.

“In some areas, near (the cities of) Vovchansk and Lukiantsi, Ukrainian defenders were forced to move to more favorable positions to utilize their forces more effectively and defend the region from the offensive.”

Kharkiv's border town of Vovchansk was liberated from Russian occupation more than 18 months ago.

Ukrainian troops repelled 11 attacks and are blocking Russia's advance towards “Lyptsi from Hlyboke and Lukiantsi, and towards Vovchansk from the direction of Shebekino (Russia),” Melnyk said.

The city of Kharkiv was hit on Tuesday by a Russian airstrike that injured 24 people, including four children, and damaged residential buildings, Melnyk said.

The attack also killed one person.

“On May 14, an enemy drone crashed into a residential building on a city street, killing an 80-year-old woman. Another person was killed in the village of Hatyshche,” according to the commander of the city’s defense forces.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday it had “liberated” the settlement of Buhrovatka in the Kharkiv region and “defeated the manpower and equipment” of the Ukrainian army in Vesele, Vovchansk and Lyptsi.

Source: CNN Brasil

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