Ukraine evacuated nearly 10,000 people

Ukraine evacuated nearly 10,000 people
Ukraine evacuated nearly 10,000 people

By Le Figaro with AFP

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Ukrainian artillery in full operation, near Kharkiv.
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The fighting in this key locality in the war in Ukraine has forced many civilians to flee, while Russian forces continue their offensive.

Nearly ten thousand people were forced to leave their homes in the Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine, following a ground attack by Russian forces.

“In total, 9,907 people were evacuated”Governor Oleg Synegubov said, more than a week after the launch of the Russian assault, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned could be only the first wave of a larger offensive.

They fled Russian soldiers who managed to advance five to ten kilometers along the northeast border before being stopped by Ukrainian forces.

Synegubov said Ukrainian armed forces repelled two attempts to break through the defenses overnight.

But the situation is “under control”THE “defenders carrying out assaults and sweeping operations in certain areas”he clarified.

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Moscow attacked several towns, including Vovchansk, just five kilometers from the border.

“In the area of ​​​​the city of Vovchansk, Ukrainian troops are strengthening their defense”added Synegubov.

A day earlier, he said Russian forces had taken Vovchansk and all but 200 residents had fled because of the fighting.

Russian forces took 278 square kilometers between May 9 and 15, their largest gains since the end of 2022, according to an AFP calculation based on data from the ISW (Institute for the Study of War).

“They have launched their operation, it may consist of several waves. And that’s their first wave.”assured the Ukrainian president in an interview with AFP.

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