LCI DOCUMENT – “This Putin strategy is a failure”: in Vovchansk with Ukrainian soldiers

LCI DOCUMENT – “This Putin strategy is a failure”: in Vovchansk with Ukrainian soldiers
LCI DOCUMENT – “This Putin strategy is a failure”: in Vovchansk with Ukrainian soldiers

The Russian army launched a major offensive in early May in the Kharkiv region.

In difficulty, the Ukrainian troops are resisting as best they can, particularly in Vovchansk, which has become a ghost town due to the fighting.

Questioned by the LCI teams, an intelligence officer took stock of the situation.

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More than two years of war in Ukraine

In recent months, Russia has regained the initiative in Ukraine. And since May 10, Russian forces have launched a major assault in the Kharkiv region. Around Vovchansk, they gained several kilometers of ground. A dozen small communities fell. The Ukrainians were taken by surprise by the suddenness and violence of the attack.

“In these places, there were neither mines nor a real line of defense. We are trying to understand why. An investigation is underway”explains Denis Yaroslavskyi, intelligence officer and soldier of the 57th brigade, whom LCI special correspondents were able to meet.

For both camps, a heavy toll

Since the start of this new offensive, the human toll has been particularly heavy for both camps. According to Denis Yaroslavskyi, the Russians lost several hundred men, while “the 17th battalion of the 57th Ukrainian brigade was almost wiped out in the fighting”he recognizes. “The losses are significant and for us every life counts”underlines the intelligence officer, who assures that “the situation is completely stabilized”.

I want to reassure everyone: an invasion of Kharkiv is impossible

Denis Yaroslavskyi, Ukrainian intelligence officer on LCI

“The Russians control about 30% of Vovchansk with one battalion. 400 of their soldiers are deployed there”he continues. “I want to reassure everyone: an invasion of Kharkiv is impossible. We know our defense capabilities even if, currently, the permanent missile fire and guided gliding bombs are hurting us very much.”

Call to France and Westerners

For Denis Yaroslavskyi, the current Russian offensive also pursues other objectives than those of conquering the second largest city in Ukraine (nearly 1.5 million inhabitants before the war). “First (it involves) creating a buffer zone of 10 kilometers, to avoid our attacks on Belgorod and its region. Then, (Moscow) is trying to disperse our forces and reduce our current presence in Kupiansk and Chassiv Yar “he believes. “In both cases, this Putin strategy is a failure.”

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However, Denis Yaroslavskyi warns: the Ukrainians need help, and in particular from France. “We hope that Macron will make the right decisions. We need soldiers and weapons”he recalls. “We will try to hold on as much as possible, but it’s impossible without help.”


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