Ukraine announced pursuit of Russian forces at the border

Governor Kharkov Sinegubov said Ukrainian soldiers defending the city beat back Russian forces and pursued them all the way to the country’s border.

Kharkov Oblast Governor Oleh Sinegubov announced today that Ukrainian forces have pushed back Russian forces from the outskirts of the country’s second-largest city and moved them closer to the Russian border.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry also released an image showing a Ukrainian military unit standing next to a border marker with Russia in Kharkov. The agency said on Facebook that the 227th battalion of the 127th Ukrainian army brigade was approaching the Russian border with the words “Together to victory”.

Ukrainian troops stand near a border marker with Russia in Kharkov in this photo released by Ukraine's Defense Ministry.  Photo: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops stand near a border marker with Russia in Kharkov in this photo released by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. Picture: Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

However, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine did not specify how many troops approached the territory of Russia and in which border areas they fought.

Russia did not comment on the information. Recently, the Ukrainian side has repeatedly announced a counterattack and pushed back Russian forces from Kharkov.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), based in Washington, US, said last week that Ukraine “won” in Kharkov and that Russian forces were trying to withdraw from the city.

With a few exceptions, Russian units “have generally not tried to fend off Ukrainian counterattacks in the past few days,” the ISW judged.

Location of the city of Kharkov (Kharkiv) in Ukraine, adjacent to the Belgorod region of Russia.  Graphic: CNN.

Location of the city of Kharkov (Kharkiv) in Ukraine, adjacent to the Belgorod region of Russia. Graphic: CNN.

Russia launched a special military operation to “demilitarize and defascize Ukraine” on February 24. After more than 80 days of fighting, the war in the Donbass region turned into a tug-of-war between Russia and Ukraine, especially in areas with difficult terrain.

US Intelligence Director Avril Haines said both Russia and Ukraine “believe they can continue to make military advances, so we don’t see a viable avenue for negotiation, at least in the short term.”

Ngoc app (Corresponding Reuters)