Most likely, the army of the Russian Federation decided to completely withdraw from their positions around Kharkov.
In the past few days, Russian units have mostly not tried to hold their ground in the face of counterattacks by Ukrainian forces, which prevented the occupiers from capturing Kharkiv.
About it report analysts at the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
“Thus, Ukraine seems to have won the battle for Kharkiv. Ukrainian forces prevented Russian troops from encircling, let alone capturing Kharkiv, and then drove them out from under the city,” the report says.
It is noted that the Russians will try to hold the line west of Volchansk. Thus, the enemy will try to protect their ground lines of communication (GLOC) from Belgorod to Izyum. However, it is not clear whether they will succeed, ISW notes.
The main efforts of the military state-occupiers remain attempts to encircle Severodonetsk and Lisichansk from the north and from the south. The Russian troops advancing from the direction of Popasna did not achieve the desired success during the day.
“Small-scale and unsuccessful attacks on the southern edge of the uprising near Donetsk continued, but without real progress,” the institute added.
However, experts emphasize that the Kremlin may have enough additional combat power to compensate for these losses and continue the offensive on a fairly large scale.
Recall that the General Staff reported that the occupiers of the terrorist state did not conduct active hostilities in the Kharkiv direction. The Russians are focusing their main efforts on ensuring withdrawal of its troops from the city of Kharkov. In addition, the invaders are trying to hold their positions and supply routes.