Tuesday, May 28, 2024
spot_img

Civilians flee northeast Ukraine as Russia presses renewed assault

Date:

Share post:

spot_img
spot_img

Vilcha, May 12: Thousands more civilians have fled Russia’s renewed ground offensive in Ukraine’s northeast that has targeted towns and villages with a barrage of artillery and mortar fire, officials said Sunday.
The intense battles have forced at least one Ukrainian unit to withdraw in the Kharkiv region, capitulating more land to Russian forces across less defended settlements in the so-called contested “gray zone” along the Russian border.
By Sunday afternoon, the town of Vovchansk, with a prewar population of 17,000, emerged as a focal point in the battle. Volodymyr Tymoshko, the head of the Kharkiv regional police, said Russian forces were in the outskirts of the town and approaching from three directions. A Russian tank was spotted along a major road leading to the town, Tymoshko said, illustrating Moscow’s confidence to deploy heavy weaponry.
An Associated Press team, positioned in a nearby village, saw plumes of smoke rising from the town as Russian forces hurled shells. Evacuation teams worked non-stop throughout the day to take residents, most of whom were elderly, out of harm’s way.
At least 4,000 civilians have fled the Kharkiv region since Friday, when Moscow’s forces launched the operation, Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said in a social media statement. Heavy fighting raged Sunday along the northeast front line, where Russian forces attacked 27 settlements in the past 24 hours, he said.
Analysts say the Russian push is designed to exploit ammunition shortages before promised Western supplies can reach the front line. Ukrainian soldiers said the Kremlin is using the usual Russian tactic by launching a disproportionate amount of fire and infantry assaults to exhaust their troops and firepower. By intensifying battles in what was previously a static patch of the front line, Russian forces threaten to pin Ukrainian forces in the northeast, while carrying out intense battles farther south where Moscow is also gaining ground.
It comes after Russia stepped up attacks in March targeting energy infrastructure and settlements, which analysts predicted were a concerted effort to shape conditions for an offensive. (AP)

spot_img
spot_img

Related articles

Tribal youth lynched in Bengal’s Jalpaiguri, five arrested

Shillong, May 28: A tribal youth was lynched by eight people at Nagrakata in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district,...

Janhvi Kapoor talks about her ‘Zingaat’ viral dance with Rihanna

Shillong, May 28: Bollywood's Gen-Z diva Janhvi Kapoor shared details about her viral video dancing to the track...

Pune Porsche crash: Special probe panel reaches Sassoon Hospital

Shillong, May 28: Taking a grim view of the blood sample change of the prime accused in the...

Thousands evacuated from still-active landslide in Papua New Guinea

Shillong, May 28: Thousands of residents are being evacuated from the still-active massive landslide in Papua New Guinea's...