UKRAINE, KHARKIV REGION, May 17 — Ukrainian troops repelled 10 Russian attacks near the towns of Lyptsi, Starytsia, and Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in their morning briefing. There were 10 combat engagements in the Kharkiv sector over the past day.

On May 10, Russia launched a new ground offensive north and northeast of the Kharkiv region. The border communities came under heavy Russian bombardment and artillery shelling. 

The General Staff says Russia is still trying to break through the defense of Ukrainian units in the Shebekino — Vovchansk direction.

Map from May 16 shows the approximate movement of Russian troops on Vovchansk axis / Source:
DeepStateMap from May 16, Kharkiv axis / Source:

General Staff reported, the Ukrainian Defense Forces successfully repelled six Russian attacks in the Kupiansk direction. In some areas, Ukrainian troops are improving the tactical situation. Another combat engagement is ongoing in the Krokhmalne — Berestove area, but the situation is under control.

DeepStateMap from May 16, Kupiansk axis / Source:

Kyrylo Budanov, Chief of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine (HUR), said in an interview with the New York Times, published on May 14, that Ukrainian forces will be able to stabilize the front in the Kharkiv region within “three to four days.”

Field report: Threat of reoccupation looms over Vovchansk as Russia launches new offensive on Kharkiv region. Gwara Media joined the evacuation mission on May 11 to talk to people who were leaving Vovchansk in the wake of the Russian assault on the city.  

As analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said on May 15, the pace of the Russian offensive is slowing down.

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