On May 16, a video shared by Ukrainian soldiers shoes that Ukrainian army repelled Russian troops and reached the Russian border in the Kharkiv region.
A viral video on social media shows that a small group of Ukrainian military was seen on the border of the Kharkiv region. The appearance of Ukrainian military units in this region was quite unexpected, however, at the moment we are talking only about small units, commensurate with motorized rifle squads.
In the presented photo, you can see how a group of Ukrainian soldiers is photographed against the background of the state border sign. Initially, it was assumed that the photograph could have been taken several years earlier, however, given the presence of armbands on military uniforms, there is every reason to believe that the photographs were taken no later than 2-3 weeks ago.
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However, there are many Inter nation media like The Guardian, DW, BBC, Aljazeera reports that the video is from recent days and said Ukrainian soldiers have reached the border after pushing back Russian forces in Kharkiv.
At the moment, there are no official statements on this matter, however, given the movement of even small units of the Ukrainian army, this is a matter of serious concern.
In which specific district of the Kharkiv region the current photographs were taken remains unknown so far, and therefore it is still impossible to make an objective analysis of the situation.
If so, this suggests that Ukraine ‘s counter-offensive is effective in pushing back Russian forces in the northeast, after the West said Moscow’s offensive into the Donbass region had stalled.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry announced on Facebook today that the 227th Battalion of the 127th Brigade of the Ukrainian army has moved close to the Russian border.
Kharkiv Governor Oleh Sinegubov wrote on Telegram that soldiers of the 227th Battalion had restored the border post.
Over the past few days, Ukrainian forces have been massing north and east of Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city. Last week, Ukrainian authorities claimed to have recaptured several villages on the outskirts of this city.
In the two regions of Lugansk and Donetsk, fighting continues fiercely in an area stretching several hundred kilometers. Ukraine also said fighting continued in the east, where Russian forces were trying to make a breakthrough.
In a video address posted last night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the country’s military is preparing to deal with a new wave of Russian attacks on the Donbass.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich told a local TV station that Russian troops were being moved towards Donbass after withdrawing from Kharkiv.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry said that its forces had just destroyed four more Ukrainian ammunition depots in Donetsk; airstrikes destroyed 2 radar systems and missile launchers; 15 Ukrainian drones were shot down over Donetsk and Lugansk.
On May 15, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reaffirmed to his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov “the United States’ unwavering support for efforts to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty and security”. The US Defense Department said the two ministers discussed the situation on the ground and the needs of Kiev.
On the same day, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the press that “Ukraine can win” in this conflict, and that Russia “will not achieve its strategic goals” in Ukraine.