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LUkraine on Saturday said it had taken three positions near Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city in the east, and was constantly attacked by artillery, and the Russian military continued its focus on the Donbass and the south.
“Our Ukrainian armed forces were successful in the counterattack that began yesterday morning. After a long and fierce battle, our units withdrew Russian troops from Besruki, Slotin and Pradyanga,” Kharkiv regional governor Oleg Sinekopov told the Telegram.
Of these three villages north of the city of Kharkiv, about fifteen kilometers north of the Russian border is Prudyanka.
Two people have been killed and 19 others injured in a Russian shelling in the Kharkiv region in the past 24 hours. Sinekopov said.
According to a spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Kharkiv is “partially blocked” by Russian forces, especially in the northwest and “to strengthen their positions” south of the city.
According to the same source, the Russians continued their attacks in Izium and Barvinkove districts to “control the rail network”. The Russian army is trying to encircle the Ukrainian army’s stronghold in the Donbass, on the border between Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lukansk.
In the Donbass, where Moscow has announced its intention to take full control of Russia, Russian troops are “concentrating their efforts on the area between Slaviansk-Kramatorsk”, a city located in the Donetsk region, Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to the Ukrainian president.
He said the Russians were “carrying out offensive and espionage operations to find weak points in our defense.”
Further south, with the priority aim of Russian forces, they are “trying to continue their offensive on the city of Huliapol”, halfway between the named city and the martyred port city of Mariupol in the Zaporozhye region.
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