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Russia Claims Troops Have Entered Border Town Near Kharkiv

Russia has said that its soldiers have entered the town of Vovchansk, which is very close to Ukraine’s second biggest city, Kharkiv.

The Ukrainian military says that they have pushed back Russian forces away from the northern areas of the small town, adding that they had “tactical successes” in many areas. However, Russia has intensified its attacks in what is one of the largest ground offensives since the start of the war, and they have captured at least 9 villages and towns across the border. Thousands of people have fled towards Kharkiv following this.

Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast: ISW analyses Russia's goals |  Ukrainska PravdaThere are many concerns on what could potentially happen if Russia were to get within artillery range of the city. Their army has also said that the Russians had also made many “tactical successes” as they had deployed “significant forces”, at least 5 battalions, in the offensive. However, they later stated that over 100 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of the day and added that Ukrainian troops were restoring old positions. This fighting was going on west of Vovchansk in 12 areas near another village named Staritsa, they military said.

Vovchansk, which is 45 miles (74 km) northeast from Kharkiv, has been heavily bombed in recent days. Though it is quite a big town in the region, it is not of much military importance, though its seizure would most likely result in lowering of Ukrainian morale. The regional head of Kharkiv said that Russia was deliberately trying to stretch the front line by attacking in small groups in many different directions.

Around 6,000 people have been evacuated so far, with only 200-300 people remaining in the town. Though it is thought that this new offensive will not result in the capture of Kharkiv, it has increased anxiety for the people living there.

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Mikael Ronaque, Head of Department (World News)/Editor in Chief
Hello. I am Mikael, Head of Department of World News. I am a 7th grader at the time of writing and I edit/publish articles on this website. I am an Indian. I aim to write about various things around the world with as little bias as possible.

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