As a result of the artillery strike on Kharkiv, seven civilians, 17 people were killed, local authorities report; Several towns in the Kharkiv region were also shelled. Kharkiv hasn’t been shelled that hard for several weeks now, after the Ukrainian army pushed Russian troops back from it. However, the situation in the area of the most active operations in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions began to deteriorate, and the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Kharkov slowed down.
The head of the Kharkiv regional administration, Oleg Sinegubov, said that several dangerous cities were shelled, including Pavlovo Pole, located not far from the center, as well as Shevchenkovsky and Kyiv districts. Among the wounded, according to Sinegubov, there is a nine-year-old child.
“The enemy is again insidiously testing the civilian population. Once again I ask everyone not to be on the streets unnecessarily.
how informs “Suspilne”, the Russian army uses cannon artillery and multiple rocket launchers.
The mayor of Kharkov, Igor Terekhov, in the presence of the citizens, said after the start of the shelling that it was “loud and dangerous” in Kharkov. He offers Kharkiv residents to stay in safe conditions – basements and the subway, specifying that the subway fixes the work. “We will not specifically stop the movement of trains in the subway, but we will select a sector where you will stop and wait out the bombardment,” the mayor said in his telegram.
in several cities blacked out light, perhaps due to autumn. Local media continue to report explosions in the city in the evening.
At least five Russian strikes took place in the Kharkiv suburb of Dergachi, where one person was killed. In addition, explosions were heard in the village of Zhukovsky, where the Kharkov Aviation Institute is located, as well as in accumulations with the city of Slatino, Tsirkuny and the Zolochevsky district.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that two Russian drones were shot down in the Kharkiv region on Thursday.
“Houses were on fire, one person happened. There is also one conflict as a result of the shelling of the Chuguevsky district,” Kharkiv media quoted Sinegubov as saying.
At the same time, the head of the regional administration voters become the strength of the Ukrainian army, which “knows its job” and “drives the enemy.” “Fierce battles continue in the north, northeast and Izyumsky change.
The situation near Kharkov
There have been no such significant shelling and strikes on Kharkov in recent weeks. At the beginning of the week, the first ground transport began to operate in the city, and on May 24, the authorities launched the metro and transferred people from underground living. Until recently, many people lived in the subway, hiding from shelling since the beginning of the war.
In mid-March, Ukrainian troops managed to somewhat push back from the Kharkov Russian division. At the same time, the number of shellings also decreased, but a week later, on March 22, they resumed – on that day alone, according to Terekhov’s statistics, 80 strikes took place in the city and region.
As a result of Russian missile strikes, the building of the regional state administration on the main square of Kharkiv, located near the offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine, as well as the city hall building were destroyed. The massive residential area of the city of Severnaya Saltovka arose especially strongly from artillery shelling – a significant number of houses in German were destroyed, most of the inhabitants had to be evacuated.
On May 14, Kharkiv Mayor Igor Terekhov told the BBC that Russian troops were leaving, the front line had withdrawn from the city, on May 16, in the course of a counter-offensive against the Kharkiv penetration of the Ukrainian entrances to the border with Russia.
However, about a week ago, the Russian army partially broke through the defensive lines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Luhansk region, where the most intense fighting is now taking place. Russia is trying to surround Severodonetsk, Lysichansk in order to block the grouping of Ukrainian troops there. In parallel, there are battles for the city of Liman in the Donetsk region.
On this aggressive grouping of Russian forces in the Kharkov district, an assessment was made of a relatively small, but recently its strength, transfer in the area of u200bu200btwo-three-battalion tactical groups. About it said Aleksey Arestovich, Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President Zelensky, in the program of Mark Feigin on May 24.
“The task is not to release troops in the direction of Volchansk, where they could cut off the groups advancing near Izyum. They realized the danger and the transfer of force. Our troops were attacked near Rubizhne, with an attempt to cut off communications,” Arestovich said then.
Arestovich then said that the main purpose of the growing strikes near Kharkov was to consume the counteroffensive, and now the Ukrainian army was once again on the defensive. “Attacks from the northern Russian border continue in the Kharkiv region, the frequency of undercutting and non-provision of common troops begins … in the environment.
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