Ukrainian troops obliterate Russian T-72 tank in Vovchansk – video

Destruction of a Russian tank in Vovchansk
Destruction of a Russian tank in Vovchansk

The Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed a Russian T-72 tank in Vovchansk, Kharkiv Oblast, and released a video of the strike, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported on Telegram on May 16.

"In Vovchansk, border guards of the Steel Frontier Brigade, along with the Defense Forces, hit an enemy T-72 tank yesterday," the caption reads.

The video shows the tank being hit by a drone while stationed amid residential buildings.

Russia's offensive in Kharkiv Oblast

Russian forces tried to breach Ukrainian defenses near Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast, but Ukrainian forces repelled the attacks, Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported.

The Russians also heavily shelled border towns.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced a new wave of counteroffensive actions by Russian forces in the area, stating that Ukraine will reinforce its troops on the Kharkiv front.

As of the evening of May 10, there are ongoing battles for populated areas in the "gray zone," according to Ukraine's General Staff.

The White House indicated that Russian forces are preparing for a "larger" offensive on Kharkiv.

Russian forces resumed assault operations near the village of Hlyboke on the morning of May 11, media sources reported.

Russian troops in Kharkiv Oblast are localized in the "gray zone" and are not expanding, Nazar Voloshyn, a spokesperson for the Khortytsia operational and strategic troop grouping, said during a TV interview on May 11.

The DeepState monitoring group claimed on May 12 that Russian forces occupied several villages in the border areas of Kharkiv Oblast.

In order to save the lives of soldiers, positions were changed near the village of Lukyantsi in Kharkiv Oblast, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced on May 14.

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The General Staff later added that in some areas in the north of Kharkiv Oblast, Ukrainian troops had moved to more favorable positions as a result of the Russian assault.

The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War believes that the attack on Vovchansk and an attempt to surround the town is a priority goal of the Kremlin.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported on May 15 that the situation in the Kharkiv sector had been partially stabilized. According to ISW, Russian troops have advanced no more than 8 km from the border in Kharkiv Oblast.

Zelenskyy arrived in Kharkiv and held a meeting on security issues on May 16. Ukraine's Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko reported the first cases of civilians being captured and executed by the Russian military in Vovchansk.

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