The Ukrainian counterattack from Kharkiv would disrupt the Russian forces to the northeast of the city and would likely make the Russians a choice: reinforce the forces near Kharkiv or risk losing all positions from which the city could be fired with artillery – it was written.

The Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valery Zalogny, announced on Thursday that Ukrainian forces launch a counterattack around Kharkiv and the neighboring city of Izyum In the Kharkiv region. This was the first direct statement of the Ukrainian leadership regarding the transition there to offensive operations – the Institute of Military Affairs confirms.

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According to the think tank, the Ukrainian forces have not made any confirmed progress in the past 24 hours, but they have repelled the attacks of the Russian forces that tried to retake positions they had previously lost. The Russians made some progress in their offensive in eastern Ukraine, but Ukrainian forces had the option of developing a counterattack near Izyum into a broader counteroffensive and retaking the Russian-occupied areas of Kharkiv Oblast.

Russian forces continue their unsuccessful offensive operations in southern Kharkiv Oblast and in the Donetsk and Luhansk states of eastern and southeastern Ukraine. On the last day, they made no significant territorial gains – TI summarizes.

Ukrainian officials and military leaders confirmed that the Russians had invaded the area Azovstal Metallurgical Plant in Mariupol In the southeast of Ukraine. According to ISW, the plant is likely to be taken over by the Russian army in the coming days.

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Russian forces carried out offensive operations on a small scale towards the city of Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine, but in the past 24 hours no offensive was carried out in Kherson and Mykolaiv states. Ukrainian forces said they have recaptured some lands west of Kherson, but the Higher Education Institute cannot independently confirm this progress, the press release said.

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