KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, May 14 — During the day, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled Russian attacks in the Vovchansk and Lyptsi directions in the north and northeast of Kharkiv region, reported the head of the Kharkiv garrison Serhii Melnyk.

Melnyk says the Ukrainian military held the defense near the settlements of Starytsia and Hlyboke and repelled the Russians’ attempts to advance towards Lyptsi. 

On the Vovchansk axis, the Ukrainian army is fighting off Russian attacks from Russia’s Shebekino and Nova Tovolzhanka and Ukraine’s Hatyshche. 

Russian offensive in the Kharkiv direction, May 14, 2024 / Photo:
Russian offensive in the Kharkiv direction, May 14, 2024 / Photo:

On May 10, Russia launched a new ground offensive north and northeast of the Kharkiv region. The border communities came under heavy Russian shelling and air strikes with heavy glide bombs. 

DeepState analysts report Russia captured Hatyshche and Ohirtseve on the Vovchansk axis. As of May 14, the Ukrainian military has not commented on the status of these settlements. 

At 00:38 on May 13, the General Staff wrote that Russians “currently have tactical success” on the Vovchansk axis. On May 14, they said the situation in this direction is “controlled,” and Ukrainian troops are repelling Russian attacks under glide bombs bombardment.   

On May 13, General Staff reported that Russians had a “partial success” in Lukiantsi. In today’s morning brief, they said that the Armed Forces “changed positions” near Lukiantsi to save the lives of Ukrainian soldiers from Russian glide bombs. 

Over the last day, Ukrainian troops in the Kupiansk direction repelled over 20 enemy attacks in the areas of Synkivka, Berestove, Stelmakhivka, Novoiehorivka, and Makiivka in the Luhansk region. Melnyk noted that in some areas, the tactical situation of Ukrainian troops improved.

“The situation is under control. Ukrainian defenders are professionally fulfilling the tasks of protecting our territories and inflicting serious losses on the enemy,” Melnyk said. 

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 and staying in Vovchansk in the wake of the Russian assault on the city.  

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