KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 12 — In the Kupiansk direction, the Russian troops did not conduct assault operations over the past day, informed the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a morning report.  

However, during the day, the Russians hit Borova, Izium district, Kharkiv Oblast, with airstrikes.

In the Slobozhanskyi direction, in the border areas, the Russian military conducts intense sabotage activities to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops to more dangerous directions and increases the density of minefields along the state border in the Belgorod Oblast.

More than 110 settlements in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Kherson, and Mykolaiv oblasts came under Russian artillery fire.

According to Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, the situation on the Kharkiv region’s border with the Russian Federation is currently calm and fully under the control of the Ukrainian forces. He said that the administration doesn’t see Russian troops on the border, which Russia “could use to open a new front,” but they monitor the borderlands constantly.

Syniehubov also called rumors about a possible Russian offensive on Kharkiv manipulations, saying, “Russia has only one goal, it’s to terrorize civilians, to commit terrorist acts. They have no other goals since 2022.”

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