Zelenskyi warns: Russia’s offensive on northern border is accelerating

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky Russia is warning that it is preparing to accelerate its offensive along Ukraine’s northern border. Zelenskyi made his statement after a Russian bombing of a large building materials store in the city of Kharkiv killed 14 people.

News agencies have reported on this Associated Press And Reuters.

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Zelenskyi said in the video that Russia had stepped up its offensive 90 kilometers from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

“The Russians are gathering another group of troops near our border,” Zelensky said, according to the AP.

The president did not specify where Russia is massing its forces. However, Ukrainian authorities are concerned about the area of ​​the city of Sumy in the northeastern part of the country. The cities of Kharkiv and Sumy are about 25 kilometers from the Russian border and have a total population of about 250,000, AP writes.

Think tank ISW (Institute for the Study of War) writes in a recent news release In his statement, Russia is reportedly massing its forces in the Belgorod region of western Russia. According to ISW, the purpose of the concentration of forces is to prepare for an attack in the northeastern regions of Ukraine. ISW claims to have observed through satellite images how the activity of Russian troops has increased in the Belgorod region. So far, it’s unclear how many troops Russia is mobilizing.

For the past few weeks, the Russian army has been occupying villages in the Kharkiv region. According to experts, this may indicate that Russia will try to move its artillery closer to Kharkiv. According to the AP, Ukrainian authorities have evacuated more than 11,000 people from the area since the offensive began on May 10.

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Russian troops are now attacking a thousand-kilometer front line and battles are taking place, for example, in the direction of the city of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk. According to the Ukrainian military, the “intensity of hostilities” in the area is high.

According to the AP, Ukraine continued its attacks on Belgorod, Russia. The region’s governor says four people were wounded in an attack in Ukraine over the weekend. The Russian Defense Ministry says it shot down seven drones over the Kursk region and three over the Oryol region. Both cities are located in the northern regions of Belgorod in Russia.

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