Ukrainian Forces Hold Back Russians in Intense Battle for Kharkiv

A Russian tank burns in Sumy, northeast Ukraine. In the city of Kharkiv Ukrainian forces repelled a Russian advance that broke through in the early hours / SWNS

Russian forces that attempted to storm Kharkiv were pushed back to its outskirts yesterday after a day of intense fighting and street battles.

Oleh Synyebuhov, governor of Ukraine’s second city, wrote on Telegram that Ukrainian forces had repelled an advance that broke through the edge of the city in the early hours. “Control over Kharkiv is completely ours! The armed forces, the police and the defence forces are working, and the city is being completely cleansed of the enemy,” he wrote.

Residents reported shelling and gunfire in several areas outside the city centre. Videos on social media showed armed Russian soldiers walking through what looked to be residential areas alongside armoured vehicles.

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SOURCE: The Times UK, Louise Callaghan