UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, June 13 — On June 12, the Russian infantry group supported by an armored vehicle marginally advanced south of Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi Street in northeastern Vovchansk, reported the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) referring to geolocated footage.

On May 10, Russia launched a new ground offensive north and northeast of the Kharkiv region, in the Vovchansk and Lyptsi directions. Russia’s primary goal in a new offensive was to stretch Ukrainian troops and resources and force Ukraine to redistribute manpower and military equipment along the frontline, pulling forces away from Chasiv Yar, Kupiansk, and other directions.  

According to the ISW report, on June 11 and 12, the Russian forces continued ground attacks near Tykhe, Lyptsi, and Hlyboke.

Kharkiv battle map as of June 4 / Photo: ISW

As Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said on June 12, the Russian army is conducting unsuccessful offensives, trying to advance deep into Ukrainian positions and create a “safety belt” for their forces. 

According to the Commander-in-Chief, the Russian military is stuck in Vovchansk despite constantly deploying new forces and resources from other units there.

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