CNN: Ukraine has recognised a significant deterioration of the situation on the northern section of the frontline

Ukraine has recognised that the situation for the AFU in the Kharkiv region has “significantly deteriorated”, CNN reports. At the same time, the article notes that Ukrainian troops are losing positions not only on this section of the front.

CNN: Ukraine has recognised a significant deterioration of the situation on the northern section of the frontline

Ukraine has warned that the situation on the northern section of the front in Kharkiv region has “significantly deteriorated,” CNN reported. The statement came after Russia said it had seized four more settlements as part of its surprise cross-border offensive.

A Ukrainian regional official said the progress of Russian troops was “insignificant.” He acknowledged, however, that ground fighting in the area was expanding.

The exact purpose of Russia’s new offensive, which began early Friday morning, is unclear. It may be to create a buffer zone designed to reduce AFU attacks on Russian territory, or perhaps even an offensive on Kharkiv.

It could also be an attempt to distract Ukrainian forces from other key Russian targets in the south, as Zelensky said on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, as the article notes, the Ukrainian armed forces are losing ground not only on the northern section of the front. According to DeepStateMap, Russia is making further gains in two other key areas – near the settlements of Chasov Yar and Krasnogorovka.