Ukrainian Forces Withdraw from Kharkiv Region

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.15 - 2024 1:00 PM CET

Photo: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Photo: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The Ukrainian Armed Forces announced the withdrawal of troops from Volchansk and Lukyantsev in the Kharkiv region.

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The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has reported a strategic withdrawal of troops from areas near Volchansk and Lukyantsy in the Kharkiv region, due to intense enemy fire and assaults.

This decision was made to preserve the lives of soldiers and minimize losses, with units repositioning to more advantageous locations while continuing to engage in battle.

Despite the withdrawal, the Ukrainian military is actively preventing Russian forces from establishing a strong foothold in the abandoned territories, maintaining offensive actions against enemy positions to disrupt their advancements.

Impact on Diplomatic Engagements

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has canceled upcoming official visits to Spain and Portugal, originally scheduled for the end of this week.

This decision was influenced by the need for his presence and leadership due to critical military developments.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not provided comments on the latest movements.

However, it had previously reported on May 14 that Russian forces had taken control of the village of Bugrovatka near Volchansk and made significant advances into enemy defenses.

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