Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

UK intel: Russia unable to capture Kharkiv City without deploying more forces

Russia’s attacking Kharkiv Oblast to divert Ukraine elsewhere, but likely doesn’t have enough forces currently deployed to capture Kharkiv city, per UK intelligence.
Ukrainian soldiers carry an artillery shell.
A Ukrainian soldier carrying an artillery shell. Credit: Ukraine’s General Staff
UK intel: Russia unable to capture Kharkiv City without deploying more forces

In recent days, Russian forces have launched a new offensive in Ukraine’s Kharkiv Oblast with their newly-formed Northern Grouping attacking and seizing control of several villages. The border town of Vovchansk is “almost certainly” an immediate objective being contested by Russian and Ukrainian troops, according to the British Defense Ministry’s intelligence update.

Overnight on 10 May, Russian forces launched a new offensive from the north into Kharkiv Oblast across the border, attempting to breach Ukrainian defenses and draw forces from Donetsk, with ongoing intense border battles complicating the situation. So far, Russia has captured several border villages.

By opening this additional front, Russia appears to be threatening the major city of Kharkiv and attempting to divert and pull Ukrainian military resources away from other parts of the active battlefield frontlines. However, according to an intelligence update from the UK Defense Ministry, it is unlikely that Russia has currently built up and deployed sufficient combat power and troop numbers in the Kharkiv region to successfully capture and hold the city itself without having to divert and redeploy additional forces into the area specifically for that purpose.

The ministry wrote:

  • Russia’s newly-formed Northern Grouping of Forces have attacked into Ukraine’s Kharkiv region and taken control of several villages. The border town of Vovchansk is almost certainly an immediate Russian objective and is currently contested between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
  • By opening up an additional axis of attack, Russia is almost certainly attempting to divert Ukrainian resources away from other parts of the front line and to threaten Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine. It is unlikely that Russia has built up sufficient combat power to take the city without diverting additional forces into the area.

Earlier, Ukrainian military intelligence chief General Budanov warned that Ukraine’s military, already struggling with troop shortages in northern Kharkiv Oblast, is bracing for a potential Russian offensive targeting Sumy Oblast.

Situation in Ukraine’s northeast as of 16 May 2024. Map: liveuamap

Read more:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts