UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, June 5 — The Russian army increased the intensity of assaults in the Kupiansk direction, reported the General Staff.

Russian troops attacked the positions of Ukrainian troops seven times, and combat is still ongoing in two settlements.

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

Ukrainian military and local authorities report that the Armed Forces stabilized the frontline since then, and now heavy fighting is ongoing in the region.  

The General Staff informs that Russia tried to assault Ukrainian troops near Synkivka, Stepova Novoselivka, Stelmakhivka, Cherneshchyna, and Druzheliubivka in the Kupiansk direction. 

DeepStateMap from Jun 5, Kupiansk direction / Source:
DeepStateMap from Jun 5, Kupiansk direction / Source:

According to the General Staff, the combat engagements are still ongoing near Cherneshchyna and Druzheliubivka. Also, the Russian army dropped a guided bomb (KAB) on the village of Nove.

In the Kharkiv direction, Russian troops continue to shell Ukrainian towns and villages from Shebekino (Russia), the General Staff reports.

As of June 5, Russia has already dropped five guided aerial bombs near Okhrimivka and one near Vovchansk. They also fired unguided missiles at Veterynarne. 

According to the briefing, the Ukrainian forces repelled two Russian attacks towards the village of Lyptsi. Three combat clashes are currently ongoing near Vovchansk.

In total, there were about 99 combat engagements along the frontline during the past day. The Russian army launched three missiles and 45 airstrikes on the territory of Ukraine, used 52 guided bombs (KABs). They also fired about 2,862 times at the positions of Ukrainian troops using various types of weapons.

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