UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, June 14 — The Armed Forces of Ukraine have pushed back Russian troops from the village of Lyptsi in the northern Kharkiv region and are conducting counterattacks, the head of the Lyptsi village military administration, Oleksii Slabchenko, told Gwara Media.

The Ukrainian military has stabilized the frontline north and northeast of the Kharkiv region, where Russia launched a new ground offensive in May. Currently, heavy fighting is ongoing in and around Vovchansk and on Lyptsi axis.   

Oleksiy Slabchenko said that Russian troops have not made any advances in the community in recent days. On the contrary, the Ukrainian army has come close to the villages of Hlyboke and Lukiantsi, which were reportedly occupied by Russians in the first weeks of Russia’s new offensive on Kharkiv Oblast.

Slabchenko said that the Russian army planned to capture the village of Lyptsi at the very beginning of their new offensive in May, 

“We are not talking about the fact that they will be able to occupy Lyptsi soon. Moreover, we are waiting for the liberation of other settlements [in the community — ed.] If the Russians concentrate any forces in this area, we have enough means and capabilities to prevent this,” said Slabchenko.

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