77th day of hostilities: Ukraine announced to repel Russia in Kharkov

President Zelenskyy said Russian forces were being pushed back from the northeastern city of Kharkov while Ukraine stepped up its counterattack near the Russian border.

Fighting between Russia and Ukraine on the 77th day of hostilities continues to be intense KharkivNorth-eastern Ukraine, about 39 km from the border with Russia’s Belgorod region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on the night of May 10 that Russian forces would be pushed back from Kharkov. second largest city in Ukraine. Kharkov Governor Oleg Synegubov also confirmed that Ukraine had recaptured some villages northeast of Kharkov and that Russian forces had less chance of attacking the heartland.

In Vilhivka, a Ukrainian military-controlled village east of Kharkov, Ukraine appears to have pushed Russian forces further east. Kyiv is attempting to seize control of the villages on the Donez banks and to block Russian supply lines in the distance.

Ukrainian military sources said that after several days of advancing north and east of Kharkov, Ukrainian forces were only a few kilometers from the Russian border by the morning of May 11. Russian forces were previously stationed on the outskirts of Kharkov, 40 kilometers from the border.

If this counterattack momentum is maintained, Ukrainian forces could threaten Russia’s supply lines and even put Russian logistical targets within strike range.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry today released a video showing its forces using Carl Gustaf’s anti-tank guns to destroy a T-90M tank, the most modern type in Russian service, at the Battle of Kharkov. They did not specify when the video was shot.

Russia has not commented on these reports.

77th day of hostilities: Ukraine says it is repelling Russia in Kharkov

The most modern T-90M tank in Russian service was attacked during the Kharkov battle. Video: Twitter/@DefenseU.

Southern port city Mariupol continued to be a source of conflict when Ukrainian soldiers decided to entrench themselves in the Azovstal steel factory. The factory is the last bastion of Ukrainian forces in the city of Mariupol, which has been under constant Russian fire since the military operation began on February 24.

Ukraine on May 10 accused Russian forces of attacking the Azovstal factory, even though at least 100 civilians remained. However, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, confirmed on May 11 that there were no civilians left at the Azovstal Steel Plant.

The Azov battalion entrenched in the factory released a series of photos of wounded soldiers and called on the United Nations and the Red Cross to evacuate them. Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said May 10 that more than 1,000 soldiers, hundreds of whom were wounded, were still at the facility.

Black smoke rises around the Azovstal factory in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, May 10.  Photo: AFP.

Black smoke rises around the Azovstal factory in the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, May 10. Picture: AFP.

In the city SlovianskEastern Ukraine, local authorities on May 11 urged people to go outside as little as possible and to keep windows closed as a nearby ammonium nitrate storage facility was damaged by Russian shelling.

However, the Sloviansk city administration also insists that there is no direct threat to the lives of residents of the area. Ammonium nitrate is most commonly used as a fertilizer and can cause breathing problems if inhaled in large amounts.

In Zmiinyi Island In the Black Sea, both Russia and Ukraine reported fresh skirmishes around the island that Moscow had controlled since the beginning of the campaign. The British Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence report on May 11 that Russia is “constantly trying to strengthen the garrison”.

Zmiinyi Island has an area of ​​about 17 hectares and is located on the Black Sea, about 35 km from the Oddessa coast.

Czech President Milos Zeman announced on May 11 that he would allow 103 Czech citizens to fight for the Ukrainian armed forces at will, despite current regulations banning Czech citizens from participating in wars abroad.

Citizens from many countries, including Poland, Belarus, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, have joined Ukrainian forces to fight since President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked foreign nationals for help.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has so far registered that more than 5.9 million Ukrainians left the country after February 24, when Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on May 11 reported a total of 7,256 civilian casualties in Ukraine, of whom 3,496 died and 3,760 were injured. The agency warned the actual number could be much higher.

Nearly 80 days into hostilities, US and NATO officials are voicing concern that the conflict in Ukraine will be a source of regional and global instability for months, if not years, when there is little sign of which side will win and not satisfactory solution yet.

The war situation in Ukraine after more than two months of fighting.  Graphic: Washington Post.

Ministry of War of Ukraine. Graphic: Washington Post.

Ngoc app (Corresponding AFP/AP/Reuters)