Russia opens up new front with major ground assault near Ukraine's second-largest city

A view from the site aftermath of the explosion of a Russian missile (according to the Ukrainian authorities, S-400) in the area of a cottage residential development in Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 10, 2024.

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Ukraine sent reserve units to the border areas of the northeastern Kharkiv region, seeking to shore up its defenses against intensifying Russian attacks.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in a Google-translated post via Telegram that Russian forces sought to break through Ukraine’s defense line in Kharkiv at approximately 5 a.m. local time, but were beaten back.

Oleh Syniehubov, head of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, said that “the armed forces of Ukraine confidently hold their positions” and “not a single meter has been lost.”

In a separate post, Syniehubov said that “massive” Russian shelling in the Kharkiv region had killed at least two people and injured five others.

Russian attacks in eastern Ukraine have intensified in recent weeks, which analysts say likely reflects the Kremlin’s intent to secure tactical gains before the arrival of Western military aid to the front lines.

Rescuers extinguish the fire at the site of a Russian missile strike on the city’s private residential buildings area on May 10, 2024 in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

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Ukraine attacked an oil refinery in Russia’s Kaluga region in the early hours of Friday, setting the facility on fire, according to Russian media reports.

Vladislav Shapsha, governor of the Kaluga region, said via Telegram that the fire was promptly extinguished, and the extent of the damage was still being assessed. He did not say at what facility the incident took place.

Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Friday that Russia’s Defense Ministry intercepted a Ukrainian drone flying toward the Russian capital, with preliminary information indicating no damage or casualties at the crash site.

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