UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, May 21 — In the Kharkiv direction, the Defense Forces are repelling Russian attacks near Lyptsi, General Staff reports. They say the Ukrainian army didn’t lose any positions in the area. 

On May 10, Russia launched a new ground offensive north and northeast of the Kharkiv region, in Vovchansk and Lyptsi directions. Military analysts and the Ukrainian military said Russia’s main goal in a new offensive would be to stretch Ukrainian troops and resources and force Ukraine to pull forces away from Chasiv Yar in Donetsk Oblast. 

Over the past day, the Russians lost 263 troops, 52 units of equipment, and more than two dozen dugouts in the Kharkiv direction.

“Our soldiers destroyed four armored combat vehicles, three artillery systems, five vehicles and special equipment, and 12 UAVs. In addition, one armored combat vehicle, seven artillery systems, one air defense system, and 14 vehicles were damaged,” General Staff said.

The General Staff also reported about four combat clashes occurring in the Kupiansk direction as of 12:30 p.m. 

There, Ukrainian troops repelled a Russian attack near Ivanivka. Fighting continues in the areas of Synkivka and Berestove.

Over the last day, there were 112 combat engagements along the entire frontline. In total, the Russian military launched six missile strikes and 52 airstrikes (dropped 62 glide air bombs). They also attacked with 977 kamikaze drones.

The Russians fired 4,064 times at the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian settlements from various types of weapons.

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