UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, May 22 — Russian troops continued their offensive in the Kharkiv and Kupiansk directions, trying to push Ukrainian units out of their positions, reported Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov.

According to the General Staff, the Ukrainian army didn’t lose any positions in the Kharkiv and Kupiansk directions over the past day.

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 Chasiv Yar in Donetsk Oblast. 

Syniehubov said Russian troops tried to advance in the Kharkiv direction 10 times. Ukrainian troops repelled six Russian attacks near Lyptsi and one attempt of an assault in the Pletenivka-Vovchansk area.

“The situation remains difficult near Starytsia, where one attack from the direction of Nova Tavolzhanka (Russia) was repelled. Two more attacks from Buhruvatka continue,” Syniehubov said.

DeepStateMap from May 22, Kharkiv axis / Source:

In addition, the number of attacks in the Kupiansk direction increased to 12. Combat engagements are ongoing near Synkivka, Ivanivka, and Novoiehorivka. In the Berestove direction, Ukrainian defenders repelled two Russian assaults. The situation, says Syniehubov, is under control.

The General Staff reports that over the past day, the Russian Federation lost more than 220 people, 32 pieces of weapons, and military equipment in the Kharkiv direction, including a tank, an armored vehicle, four cannons and mortars, nine unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and six pieces of enemy vehicles.

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