UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, Apr 9 — As of 6 a.m., the Russian army hit the settlements of Petropavlivka, Nesterne, Lyptsi, Ternova, and Malyi Burluk in the Kharkiv Oblast with airstrikes, according to the morning report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In the Kupiansk direction, the Russian troops did not conduct any assaults over the past day. As Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, commented to Gwara Media, the situation in the Kupiansk direction is currently calm, and the Russian army is rotating units to renew its offensive in the area.

In the Slobozhanskyi direction, in the border areas, the Russian military conducts intense sabotage activities to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops to more dangerous directions and increases the density of minefields along the state border in the Belgorod Oblast.

The Russian army fired mortars and artillery at more than 120 settlements in the Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts.

As Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated in his evening address on April 7, the government is looking for opportunities to give Kharkiv more air defense. According to him, the transfer of air defense systems to Ukraine by other countries is a political issue. 

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