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“Extremely dangerous moment”: Cameron on fighting in northern Kharkiv region

12 May, 2024 Sunday
20:26

British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has said that Russia's advance in the northern Kharkiv region only shows that Putin is leading an unjustified, illegal invasion of an independent, sovereign country

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He said this in an interview with Sky News.

Cameron commented on the situation in the northern Kharkiv region, calling it “an extremely dangerous” moment and saying “we have to make our strength count.”

According to him, Russia’s actions only emphasize that this is an unjustified, illegal invasion of an independent sovereign country by Putin.

“We must do everything we can to help the Ukrainians. That's why it's so essential we've given our £3bn a year package, and we've said that that's going to go on year after year. We're encouraging others to do the same,” the head of British diplomacy urged.

Is the American aid package too late?

“And, crucially, the work we've done to encourage the Americans to come forward with their package. I mean, it's sad that it's taken long to come, but it will make a difference” says the British Foreign Secretary.

He admits that it would have been better to provide this assistance earlier, because Ukraine has undoubtedly suffered in the ground war.

On April 24, US President Joe Biden signed a package of bills to provide $95 billion in aid to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan and to confiscate Russian assets under a shortened procedure, which had been approved by the Senate earlier that day.

Cameron emphasized that the world must do more, and that the UK is doing more, “First to do tanks, first to do anti-tank weapons, first to do long-range artillery.”

“Now the first to say here is a package that isn't just this year, it's next year and the year after. But the American money will make a difference - so we've got to get in there, give the Ukrainians the support they need,” the British chief diplomat emphasized.

He recalled that he had recently been to Ukraine and assured that Ukrainians still have a strong morale and they are still inflicting heavy losses on the Russians.

“If only the Russians could see how many people they are losing. If other countries did all the things the UK is doing in terms of long-range weapons, in terms of the training and support. We've just basically got to make our strength count,” David Cameron summarized.

Battles with occupying Russian forces in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

On May 10, Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported that the Russian occupation army had intensified attacks in the northern sector. Around 5 a.m., the enemy tried to break through the Ukrainian defense in the Kharkiv region. The Ukrainian Defense Forces met the invading forces with fire.

At 11:00 p.m. on May 10, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that defensive battles were currently underway in the Kharkiv region. Counterattacks continue in the directions of Lyptsi and Vovchansk. The Russian army is using infantry and equipment. 

On May 10, 1,775 civilians were evacuated from the districts of Kharkiv region that are constantly under intense Russian fire.

Subsequently, the Atesh guerrilla movement reported that the Russian military refused to attack Kharkiv. The Russian occupation troops also began to apply new tactical signs to their vehicles, probably denoting a group operating in the north of Kharkiv region.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) believes that Russian offensive operations along the border in Kharkiv region are likely to have a strategic goal of drawing and consolidating Ukrainian forces on this axis to enable Russian advance into other areas of eastern Ukraine.

On April 11, Russians launched over 20 attacks with guided aerial bombs on Vovchansk and the surrounding area, resulting in two deaths. 441 people were evacuated from the community.

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