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War in Ukraine: Fighting in Kharkiv difficult but under control, says Zelensky

Kharkiv: the fighting is difficult but under control, says Zelensky

The fighting around the city of Kharkiv, which saw Russia make its biggest territorial conquests in Ukraine in 18 months, was described as “very difficult” but “under control” by Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Ukrainian president made the comments Thursday during a meeting with military leaders in the northeastern city, just 30 km from the Russian border.

Moscow launched a major ground offensive across the border in the Kharkiv region last week.

This surprise decision further strained the undermanned and undermanned Ukrainian forces.

Writing on Telegram, Mr. Zelensky said that Ukrainian soldiers were “inflicting significant losses on the occupier.”

He said: “However, the area remains extremely difficult. We are reinforcing our units.”

Kharkiv Governor Oleg Synegubov said Ukraine was trying to “stabilize” the front line in the region and had managed to partially halt Russia’s advance.

According to an analysis by the AFP news agency, Moscow seized, between May 9 and 15, 278 km² of Ukrainian territory, according to figures based on data from the Institute for the Study of War. .

This is the largest territorial gain made by Russia in a single operation since mid-December 2022.

Legend, Putin is in China this week for his first international visit since winning Russia’s presidential election in March.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his troops were advancing on “all fronts.”

Some military analysts say Moscow could try to force Ukraine to divert its troops from other hot spots.

On Thursday, a top NATO commander said Russia does not have enough forces on the ground to achieve a major breakthrough in Ukraine.

“I have been in very close contact with our Ukrainian colleagues and I am convinced that they will hold on,” US General Christopher Cavoli told reporters, AFP reported.

The intensification of Russian attacks on several fronts has highlighted the serious shortage of ammunition and manpower affecting the Ukrainian army.

This progress came ahead of a rare international visit by President Putin to China, where he met with President Xi Jinping.

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News Source : www.bbc.com

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