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Kharkiv front stabilized, Ukraine halts Russian advance - British intelligence

Kharkiv front stabilized, Ukraine halts Russian advance - British intelligence Photo: Ukraine restrained the momentum of the Russian Federation in the north of the Kharkiv region (Getty Images)

Ukraine has stabilized the occupiers' offensive in the Kharkiv direction. The momentum of Russia was restrained by Ukrainian resistance, according to the UK Ministry of Defence on X.

According to the report, Russians continue to attack Vovchansk, with the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) repelling most of the attacks.

Intelligence adds that the Russians likely control the village of Buhruvatka in the north of Kharkiv region and are trying to gain control of a nearby crossing over the Siverskyi Donets River. This poses a threat to the flank and rear of the Ukrainian forces defending Vovchansk itself.

Additionally, the Russian army is attacking in the direction of the village of Lyptsi, but there is no significant progress.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin stated that the occupying forces supposedly aim to create a so-called buffer zone in the north of Kharkiv region. British intelligence believes that the Russians are not succeeding.

"The northern Kharkiv front has likely stabilized, with Russian territorial control fragmented and not joined up. Russia’s gains in this axis will be limited in the coming week, as Russia's initial momentum has been contained by Ukrainian resistance," the intelligence said.

Russian offensive in Kharkiv region

Since May 10, the Russians have been attempting to break through in the north of Kharkiv region. They have managed to capture several settlements. Street fighting continues in the city of Vovchansk.

As President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported, the loss ratio in this direction is 8 to 1 (8 Russians for every 1 Ukrainian).

The General Staff stated that the AFU managed to repel the threat of a breakthrough by the occupiers in Kharkiv region, but fighting continues.