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Russian troops advance on Ukraine’s second largest city and the ‘outlook is bleak’

15th May 24 12:08 pm

President Volodymyr Zelensky has cancelled all foreign trips as thousands of Russian troops are advancing on Ukraine’s second largest city and the “outlook is bleak.”

Zelensky was due to head to Portugal and Spain on Wednesday, and his press secretary Sergii Nykyforov said, that “all international events scheduled for the coming days be postponed and new dates coordinated.”

Last week Russia started a strong advance on Kharkiv which has seen some 8,000 residents flee their homes.

Zelensky said in his nightly address that he has sent reinforcements to the Donetsk and Kharkiv regions.

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Ukrainian spymaster warns frontlines are ‘on the edge’ as Russia gains more territory

He said, “It is too early to draw conclusions, but the situation is under control.”

However, Russia now has more than 500,000 troops along the frontline and according to an expert the situation looks “bleak” for Ukraine.

Dr Jack Watling from The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) warned, “The Russian forces have now expanded to 510,000 troops.

“The outlook for Ukraine is bleak. Its allies must replenish stockpiles.”

The Ukrainian Defence Minister has given a grave warning that it is “extremely difficult” for his soldiers to hold ground in Kharkiv as they are outgunned by Russian troops.

Rustem Umerov made a renewed plea, he said, “We need more artillery shells as Russia is still many times ahead.

“Under such conditions it’s extremely difficult to hold the ground.”

The Ukrainian intelligence chief has warned that the frontlines are “on the edge” as Russia is making more territorial gains.

Krill Budanov warned during an interview with the New York Times that “every hour this situation moves toward critical” on the battlefield for Ukrainian troops.

The British Defence Secretary has warned that the world has taken their “eye off the ball” which is the reason why we are seeing the “position we see in Kharkiv.”

The British Defence Secretary said, “I’ve heard repeatedly, including said to me by [Ukraine’s] President Zelenskyy, which is that without Britain, they wonder whether they would still have been in this war at all.”

Shapps then criticised Western leaders for taking their “eye off the ball” which ultimately led to the “position we see in Kharkiv” currently.

Shapps said, “The amount of time it’s taken to get the rest of the funding through has directly led to the position we see in Kharkiv today.”

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