Russian Artillery Destroys Ukrainian Positions in Kharkiv Region Using Drone Guidance

Russian forces intensify attacks on Ukraine's Kharkiv region, highlighting the urgent need for increased Western military aid to bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities and prevent further setbacks.

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Russian Artillery Destroys Ukrainian Positions in Kharkiv Region Using Drone Guidance

Russian Artillery Destroys Ukrainian Positions in Kharkiv Region Using Drone Guidance

Russian artillery crews using 152-mm Msta-S self-propelled howitzers have destroyed Ukrainian Armed Forces positions in the Kharkiv region near the Belgorod border, guided by UAV reconnaissance data. The attacks were part of ongoing offensive operations by Russian forces, who have sought to exploit abnormally dry spring ground conditions and persisting Ukrainian materiel shortages before the arrival of promised Western security assistance.

According to the Ukrainian Armed Forces' General Staff, Russian forces initiated 15 missiles, 63 aerial strikes, and 109 shelling attacks from multiple rocket launchers on the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian settlements. Ukrainian defenders repelled numerous attacks by Russian forces in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Novopavlivka directions. Ukrainian aviation struck at 8 enemy personnel concentration areas.

Russia has accelerated its attacks on Kharkiv city and oblast in recent weeks, with the Russian Foreign Minister signaling Russia's intent to seize Kharkiv city to create a "demilitarized zone" to prevent Ukrainian attacks on Russian border regions. Ukraine is defenseless against Russian gliding aerial bombs, and President Zelenskyy has called on Ukraine's partners to deliver more air defense systems to the country.

Why this matters: The intensified Russian attacks on Ukrainian positions and civilian areas in the Kharkiv region highlight the ongoing conflict and the challenges faced by Ukrainian forces in defending against Russian aggression. The situation underscores the urgent need for increased Western security assistance to bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities.

Major Maksym Zhorin, Deputy Commander of the 3rd Separate Assault Brigade, acknowledged the possibility of a frontline collapse due to increasing Russian military pressure, though he doesn't believe a collapse is imminent. Zhorin warned that Russian forces could gain ground in specific areas by concentrating their efforts, and highlighted the high likelihood of Russian attempts to breach not just frontline defenses but also to consider the national border as a potential target.

The US House of Representatives has passed a supplemental appropriations bill providing $60 billion in assistance to Ukraine, which must now be approved by the Senate and signed by the president before the aid can be delivered. The new US assistance is expected to take several weeks to reach the frontline, during which time the situation may continue to deteriorate as Russian forces increase their attacks. Ukrainian forces may suffer additional setbacks while waiting for the US security assistance, but they are likely to be able to blunt the current Russian offensive once the aid arrives.

Key Takeaways

  • Russian forces attack Ukrainian positions in Kharkiv using artillery, guided by UAV data.
  • Russia intensifies attacks on Kharkiv, seeking to create a "demilitarized zone" near the border.
  • Ukraine faces challenges defending against Russian aggression, needs more Western security aid.
  • Frontline collapse possible due to increasing Russian pressure, but Ukraine expects to blunt offensive.
  • US House passes $60B aid bill for Ukraine, but delivery may take weeks as attacks continue.