UKRAINE, KHARKIV OBLAST, June 12 — In the Kharkiv direction, the Russian army is conducting unsuccessful offensives, trying to advance deep into Ukrainian positions and create a “safety belt”, said Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi describing the situation on the frontline.

On May 10, Russia launched a new ground offensive north and northeast of the Kharkiv region, in the Vovchansk and Lyptsi directions. Currently, the frontline is reportedly stabilized by Ukraine’s troops, and heavy fighting is ongoing.

“In this situation, we need to hold our lines and positions, prevent a breakthrough in the defense, and destroy the enemy’s manpower and equipment,” Syrskyi said. 

According to the Commander-in-Chief, the Russian military is stuck in Vovchansk despite constantly deploying new forces and resources from other units.

As the General Staff reports, the Russian military failed an attempt to attack Ukrainian forces near Petropavlivka in the Kupiansk direction. In the Kharkiv direction, the Russian military attacked the positions of the Ukrainian army five times near Lyptsi and Vovchansk. Ukrainian forces repelled all attacks, and the situation is under control. 

UPD from May 12, 7:51 p.m.: More context added to the second paragraph.

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