More than 4,000 flee Russian cross-border assaults in Ukraine’s Kharkiv area | EUROtoday

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More than 4,000 folks have been evacuated from border areas in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv area, the native governor stated on Sunday, following a shock cross-border Russian offensive there that started on Friday.

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“In total, 4,073 people have been evacuated,” governor Oleg Synegubov wrote on social media, a day after Russian forces claimed the seize of 5 villages within the area.

Synegubov stated that on Sunday a 63-year-old man was killed by artillery fireplace within the village of Glyboke and a 38-year-old man was wounded in Vovchansk, a border city with some 3,000 residents earlier than the present offensive.

Ukraine on Friday introduced that Russia had launched an assault within the Kharkiv area, making small advances right into a border zone from the place it had been pushed again practically two years in the past.

Russia launches shock floor offensive in Kharkiv as Ukraine struggles with ammunition shortages

President Volodymyr Zelensky stated on Saturday that Ukrainian troops had been finishing up counterattacks in border villages in Kharkiv area.

“Disrupting Russian offensive plans is now our number one task,” he stated.

Troops should “return the initiative to Ukraine”, the president insisted, once more urging allies to hurry up arms deliveries.

Ukrainian officers had warned for weeks that Moscow would possibly attempt to assault its northeastern border areas, urgent its benefit as Ukraine struggles with delays in Western assist and manpower shortages.