The Russians bring in reserves and launch guided aerial bombs: TSN exclusive report from Vovchansk, where heavy fighting continues

The Russians bring in reserves and launch guided aerial bombs: TSN exclusive report from Vovchansk, where heavy fighting continues

Vovchansk

The occupiers are not giving up their attempts to capture the city.

Heavy fighting is ongoing near Vovchansk. Dozens of guided aerial bombs are dropped there. There are dozens of artillery shots. The enemy persists in daily attempts to capture even a few square meters of territory with infantry. The Defense Forces do not allow the Russians to approach the northern bank of the Vovcha River.

A camera crew of TSN correspondent Oleksandr Motorniy has returned from the 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade, which, together with other Ukrainian units, is holding the defense there.

The Russians assault Vovchansk daily 

Since mid-May, the Russians have been assaulting Vovchansk daily in the northeastern part of Kharkiv region.

"They come in waves! They accumulate, accumulate forces and attack. Accumulate - and attack. There are approximately 5-6-7 clashes daily," says "Kros," Chief of Intelligence for the 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade's Rifle Battalion.

According to the Commander of the Rifle Battalion of the 57th Ukrainian Motorized Infantry Brigade, the occupiers primarily advance during daylight hours.

"The enemy tries to storm our positions in small groups, moving between buildings and getting to the point where we have to engage with small arms at distances of 50 meters or closer," says "Yuriy," Commander of the Rifle Battalion of the 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade.

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Enemy artillery shells, mines, and aerial bombs explode in Vovchansk and around the city incessantly. After a month and a half of continuous strikes, Vovchansk as a city and most of the surrounding villages have essentially ceased to exist.

"Enemy long-range artillery and guided aerial bombs, just as at the beginning of the invasion in May, remain the biggest problem here in northern Kharkiv region. Russian howitzers fire from afar. In 10 out of 10 cases, this fire is across the border," notes Oleksandr Motorniy. However, despite the distance, our soldiers have learned to combat enemy artillery.

Vovchansk

"We destroy their artillery, but since they are on their territory, they quickly bring in replacements," says "Kros," Chief of Intelligence for the 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade's Rifle Battalion.

More guided bombs on the front. The Russians bring in reserves

The number of guided bombs, acknowledges the chief of intelligence, has increased. Up to 40 shells arrive per day.

There are no windows, roofs, or buildings left intact in Vovchansk. It seems there is not a single surviving wall. Where there were residential quarters, commercial rows, or administrative buildings, there are now heaps of shattered bricks, glass, wood and sand that once was concrete.

Since the beginning of the week, the Kremlin has sent reserves to northern Kharkiv. Enemy armored vehicles began to appear near the northern outskirts of Vovchansk from time to time. However, the soldiers of the 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade, alongside comrades from other Ukrainian units, do not allow the occupiers to approach even the riverbank.

Battles for Vovchansk continue

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