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"Situation in Kharkiv region is basically under control": Zelenskyy holds meeting in Kharkiv

16 May, 2024 Thursday
16:31

On May 16, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief's Staff in Kharkiv. The main topic was the operational situation in the region

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Zelenskyy wrote about it on Telegram.

He noted that he had heard a detailed report from the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Syrskyi, the commanders of the Khortytsia operational-strategic group Yuriy Sodol and the Kharkiv operational-tactical group Mykhailo Drapaty. 

"The operational situation, tasks and needs of each involved brigade, each unit, in particular in the Kharkiv region, in the areas of Vovchansk and Lyptsi," he wrote.

The President said that the meeting analyzed the prospects of the combat situation, threats in the coming days and weeks, and opportunities to counter the Russian offensive. 

"As of today, the situation in the Kharkiv region is generally under control, our soldiers are inflicting significant losses on the occupier. However, the area remains extremely difficult - we are reinforcing our units," the statement said.

The heads of the Main Intelligence Directorate and the Foreign Intelligence Service reported on Russia's intentions. 

"The Head of the SBU spoke about counter-sabotage measures. A plan of further actions has been determined - both for the regional authorities of the Kharkiv region and for all structures responsible for security in the region. I heard reports from regional authorities from other border and frontline regions: the current situation, the main risks, and key needs. I gave appropriate instructions," Zelenskyy added.

Zelenskyy visits Ukrainian soldiers wounded in combat in Kharkiv region

During his trip to Kharkiv, the President of Ukraine visited Ukrainian defenders who had been wounded in the battles for the Kharkiv region and awarded them with state awards. 

"I thank our soldiers for their service and bravery. Ukraine is proud of each of its defenders. I am grateful to the medics who are now going through a difficult test while defending our Kharkiv region. We appreciate that you are doing everything possible to bring the soldiers back to life," he said.

President meets with soldiers of 92nd Separate Assault Brigade 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy also met with the soldiers of the 92nd Separate Assault Brigade named after Cossack Otaman Ivan Sirko, who are defending Kharkiv region.

"I listened to the report of the brigade commander and presented our soldiers with state awards," he wrote.

  • On May 16, it was reported that Ukrainian defenders had forced a significant decrease in the activity of Russian occupation forces in the Kharkiv sector. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are keeping the Russian enemy under fire control.

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