Kyiv, May 16 (EFE).- Ukraine’s armed forces have gained ground in Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, where they forced Russian troops to retreat all the way to the Russian border, the defense ministry claimed on Monday.
Ukrainian soldiers continue a successful counter-offensive north of Kharkiv, the ministry posted on its Facebook account.
According to the ministry, Ukrainian defense forces “suppressed the Russians and went out to the area of the state border.”
In its latest update posted a few hours later, the military said that the Russians continued to focus their efforts on maintaining their positions in that region.
The Russian army is continuing its offensive in the Eastern Operational Zone, in the direction of Donetsk, where it has attacked military and civilian infrastructure and is preparing another offensive in Izyum city, said the report.
It added that Russian troops have tightened “control of the area of the Ukrainian-Russian border in Bryansk and Kursk regions” and attacked civilian infrastructure in the towns of Dovhenke, Ruski Tyshki, Ternova, and Petrivka.
Meanwhile, massive artillery and airstrikes continue in Mariupol, the military said.
It said efforts of the Russian army focused on blocking and damaging Ukrainian units in the Azovstal steel plant area.
The Ukrainian Air Force shot down 11 enemy air targets on Sunday, including two helicopters (KA-52 and Mi-28), seven operational and tactical UAVs, and two rocket missiles. EFE