Zelenskyy meets with Supreme Command in high-level military briefing in Kharkiv Oblast

Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kharkiv
Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kharkiv

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Kharkiv on May 16, where he received briefings from military commanders, he reported on Telegram.

Zelenskyy met with the Commander-in-Chief's Staff during his visit to discuss the situation in Kharkiv Oblast, potential threats in the coming days, and strategies to counter the Russian offensive.

The president heard reports from top military officials, including Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi, Khortytsia Operational Strategic Group Commander Yuriy Sodol, and Kharkiv Operational Tactical Group Commander Mykhailo Drapaty.

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"The situation in the Kharkiv Oblast today is generally under control, and our forces are inflicting significant losses on the Russian troops," Zelenskyy said.

"However, the front remains extremely challenging — we are reinforcing our units."

Leaders from Ukraine's SBU Security Service and the Foreign Intelligence Service briefed the President on Russian intentions and outlined plans for future actions, Zelenskyy added.

Russian advance in Kharkiv Oblast

The Russians have heavily shelled border settlements in Kharkiv Oblast.

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Russian troops initiated a new wave of counteroffensives on this front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said while announcing the redeployment of Ukrainian forces to the Kharkiv sector.

Russia had tactical successes near Vovchansk on May 13, the Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff said, adding that the situation on the Kharkiv front remained difficult.

The attack on Vovchansk and an attempt to encircle the city is a priority goal of Russian troops, the Institute for the Study of War believes.

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Vovchansk was almost completely destroyed by relentless Russian shelling on May 14, local authorities reported, adding that the situation in the city is critical.

Russian invaders were taking positions on the streets of Vovchansk on May 15, Vochchansk's patrol police chief, Oleksiy Kharkivsky, reported.

The advance of Russian troops into northern Vovchansk was later confirmed by Ukraine's General Staff.

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