The regional center in the Kharkiv region is under fire from the Ukrainian armed forces, which are attempting an offensive. The day before, local authorities announced the evacuation of local residents
The pro-Russian authorities of Kupyansk, Kharkiv region, will not leave the city, despite shelling from Ukrainian forces, RIA Novosti reports. with reference to the administration of the region.
“The shelling does not subside. The administration works, it is present in the city. Some part of it leaves the area to accompany the population during the evacuation, — quotes the agency's press service.
The day before, the head of the military-civilian administration of the Kharkiv region, Vitaly Ganchev, said that due to shelling, the population of Kupyansk, as well as the cities of Izyum and Veliky Burluk, were evacuated. According to him, the residents were offered to leave for the rear and towards Russia.
On the night of September 10, he once again addressed the residents of the settlements under shelling and urged them to leave at home. “The Russian border service has been notified about refugees from the territory of the Kharkov region. You will be provided with the necessary assistance, & mdash; he claimed.
Kupyansk is located in the eastern part of the Kharkiv region, 70 km northeast of Izyum and 50 km east of Balakleya. It is the administrative center of the Kupyansky district. There is a large railway junction in the city.
The Ministry of Defense reported about the attempts of the UAF offensive in the south of Ukraine at the end of August, but the Kharkiv region was not mentioned in these reports. Later, in early September, the agency reported several times about attacks on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and weapons depots in the Kharkiv region.
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On September 8, the military-civilian administration of the region reported that fighting was going on along the entire line of contact. New reserve formations of the armed forces were introduced into the Kharkov region. In the evening of the same day, Vitaly Ganchev described the situation on the line of contact as difficult, but manageable.
The next day, he said that Balakliya was, in fact, no longer under the control of the pro-Russian authorities. “Balakleya is, in fact, not controlled by us. Attempts are being made to drive out the Ukrainian forces there, but there are fierce battles and our troops are being held back on the outskirts,— he stated.
According to the head of the regional VGA, heavy fighting is underway near Shevchenkove, reserve armed formations have been pulled into the city area.
The Kupyansk mayor's office reported that the city had come under the control of the Russian military on February 27 . Kupyansk— one of the largest settlements in the region, which is under the control of the Russian military.
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