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Ukrainian intelligence chief assesses escalation on frontline

Ukrainian intelligence chief assesses escalation on frontline Photo: Chief of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov (rbc ua)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Russia is conducting attacks in the northeast to stretch the reserves of Ukrainian forces and divert them from participating in combat operations in other areas. At the same time, Ukrainian forces will be able to strengthen their positions and stabilize the front within a few days, according to Defense Intelligence of Ukraine Chief Kyrylo Budanov in an interview with The New York Times.

"The situation is on the edge. Every hour this situation moves toward critical," Budanov says via video link from a bunker in Kharkiv.

According to the head of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, the goal of the Russians in the northeast is to sow panic and confusion in the region.

"At the moment, our task is to stabilize the line and then begin to push them back across the border,” he said, adding that an influx of Ukrainian reserves had managed to “partially disrupt their plans.”


Today, during the telethon, Budanov said that the situation in the Kharkiv region is not catastrophic and urged not to panic.

"The active phase of the Russian border operation in the Kharkiv region is underway. It is not true to say that they are having significant success. But we must remember that the situation is tense and changing very quickly," Budanov says, noting that there is already a tendency to stabilize the situation.

Defense Intelligence of Ukraine in Kharkiv region

The Russian occupiers have launched an active offensive in the northeastern regions of Kharkiv region. One of those who are now intensively repelling the Russian invaders' attacks are DIU fighters who are performing various tasks on the battlefield to counteract the Russian occupiers' plans.

Thus, today it was reported that Ukrainian reconnaissance men in the Kharkiv region conducted a series of successful strikes against the Russian occupants and their equipment.