UKRAINE, June 3 — Russian military recently slightly advanced southwest of Vovchansk, northeast of Kharkiv, the US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported on Jun 2.

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 main 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.

As the ISW informed, geolocated footage published on June 2 shows that Russian forces recently advanced slightly in the fields north and east of Starytsia, southwest of Vovchansk, and northeast of Kharkiv.

DeepStateMap from Jun 3, Kharkiv axis / Source:

Russian milbloggers claimed that Ukrainian forces are unsuccessfully fighting back in northern and central Vovchansk and the forest areas between Hlyboke and Lukyantsi located north of Kharkiv, the ISW informs. 

As the General Staff reported, as of 4 p.m. today, Russian forces increased their activity in the Kupiansk direction and have already conducted 11 attacks on Ukrainian positions.  

According to the General Staff’s data, Russia has not conducted assaults in the Kharkiv direction (where Vovchansk and Lyptsi are) since the beginning of the day. The Ukrainian troops continue to build up their defensive capabilities.

In the Kharkiv direction, the Russian army lost 130 people and 40 weapons and military equipment units over the past day, reported the General Staff.

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