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Graphic shows Russian gains near Kharkiv.


Moscow creating buffer zone in Kharkiv, Putin claims

By Jordi Bou

May 17, 2024 - Russian forces advancing in the north-eastern Kharkiv region are carving out a security zone to protect Russia’s Belgorod region, President Putin claims.

In recent days, Russian troops have surged across the border from the north and opened a new line of attack near Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, capturing settlements and villages and forcing thousands of civilians to flee.

Russia's assault has forced Ukraine to redirect some reserves to the north, potentially imperilling other positions.

Russia's full-scale invasion of its neighbour is now in its third year, and there are currently no signs that the war could end any time soon.

PUBLISHED: 17/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News