UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, May 24 — During Ukrainian countermeasures in the Kharkiv direction, the Russian army lost two tanks, two cannons, multiple rocket launchers, vehicles, and special equipment, reported the head of the Kharkiv garrison, Serhii Melnyk.

The General Staff reports that, over the past day, Ukrainian defense forces repelled an attack near Lyptsi. Fighting continues in the areas of Hlyboke and Vovchansk. The situation is under control, and the Ukrainian army did not lose any positions.

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 Donetsk Oblast. 

Serhii Melnyk said that in the Kupiansk direction, there were 20 combat engagements over the past day. The Ukrainian troops injured and killed about a hundred Russians in this direction. Also, the Ukrainian military destroyed a dugout, two warehouses with ammunition, and about 70 pieces of weapons and equipment.

Also, over the past day, the Ukrainian military repelled one Russian attack near Druzheliubivka in the Kupiansk direction. Fighting continues in the areas of Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Stelmakhivka, Nevske, and Druzheliubivka. The Russian army has had partial success near Ivanivka.

Andrii Yusov, a representative of the Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR), said on Ukrainian TV on May 23 that Russia did not achieve what it had planned in the Kharkiv region during its new ground offensive.

A representative of Ukraine’s intelligence agency said that, in total, for this offensive, Russia deployed more than 50,000 people to the northern border. 

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