Maksym Zhorin: Russian forces using diversion tactics instead of targeting Kharkiv

Kharkiv Oblast
Kharkiv Oblast

Despite increased military activities, Kharkiv is not the primary focus of Russian forces, said Maksym Zhorin, deputy commander of Ukraine's Third Assault Brigade on Telegram on May 20. 

Zhorin stated that the Russian strategy appears to aim more at stretching Ukrainian resources and weakening its positions in other areas than capturing the city itself.

“It still looks more like a task to stretch our resources, weaken our forces in other areas, and reduce our reserves,” Zhorin explained.

Zhorin also noted significant Russian troop movements near Sumy Oblast, suggesting a strategy aimed at diverting Ukrainian forces. He expressed skepticism regarding the effectiveness of Chechen units led by warlord Ramzan Kadyrov in the conflict.

The situation on the front lines remains challenging and is expected to intensify. Zhorin predicts a difficult summer ahead, marked by heavy fighting.

Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast

On May 10, Russian forces attempted to breach Ukraine's defences near Vovchansk in Kharkiv Oblast, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense. Ukrainian forces successfully repelled the attacks.

At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported that Russian troops had launched a new counteroffensive in the area.

Monitoring groups noted that several villages in northern Kharkiv had been occupied.

Oleksandr Syrskyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, described the situation in Kharkiv Oblast as"escalating". He stated that Russian troops had extended the active combat zone by 70 km.

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