Ukraine Crisis Deepens: 30,000+ Russian Troops Near Kharkiv

"More than 30,000 soldiers of the Russian Federation are currently advancing in the northern part of the Kharkiv region," stated Oleksandr Lytvynenko.

by Sead Dedovic
Ukraine Crisis Deepens: 30,000+ Russian Troops Near Kharkiv
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The situation in Ukraine is becoming more tense than expected, as Russians are persistent and have no intention of stopping military operations. Specifically, the Russian army has moved towards Kharkiv, more precisely the northern front, and if we are to judge by the statements of Oleksandr Lytynenko, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, there are around 30,000 soldiers involved.

"More than 30,000 soldiers of the Russian Federation are currently advancing in the northern part of the Kharkiv region," stated Oleksandr Lytvynenko.

Despite Ukrainians being prepared to defend their country and repel attacks, the progress of the Russian forces does not give optimism that things will improve in the near future. The Russian military is exploiting the weaknesses of the Ukrainians, who lack weaponry and, judging by everything, military forces. 

This is a plan that has been prepared for weeks, and it seems that the Russians are advancing more and more with each passing day. Russian forces have already captured several villages near the Kharkiv region, but they do not intend to stop there. 

On the other hand, Ukrainians are consolidating their positions and establishing reserve positions in the occupied areas. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his address to the nation, emphasized that he will deploy forces in this region, ready to defend his country. The Ukrainian leader highlighted that his army is supplied with ammunition and weapons and is providing good resistance for now. 

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy© Alexey Furman/Getty Images News

It is also interesting to note that a large number of civilians have had to leave their local areas after the Russians advanced, or at least there are indications that they will capture several more settlements. The Russians are satisfied with the current situation on the front, aiming to capitalize on the momentum and push until the end.

Antony Blinken is concerned

The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is concerned about the situation in Ukraine and has traveled to the capital of this country, Kyiv, following Russian breakthroughs in the Kharkiv area. Blinken's intentions are to meet with numerous officials and find the best solution for the chaotic situation prevailing in Ukraine. 

Naturally, a priority will be discussions with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, with the aim of reaffirming the U.S.'s readiness to continue assisting this country in the future. 

The assistance already provided by the U.S., in the form of $60 billion, is certainly a huge deal for Ukrainians, who hope they can resist Russia, at least until December of this year. 

One official, speaking to the media, highlighted that Blinken will offer support to Ukraine and attempt to convey to Americans everything that is happening in Ukraine.

"Blinken will also emphasize the strategic successes Ukraine has achieved during the war against Russia. Additionally, amidst Ukrainian setbacks on the battlefield around Kharkiv, Blinken intends to send a strong signal of American support to the Ukrainians."- Blinken said, as translated by Klix

Antony Blinken
Antony Blinken© Win McNamee/Getty Images News

Blinken will also meet with several other important political figures in Ukraine. Some view Blinken's arrival as a red alert for what is happening in Ukraine. There is concern that Russians will progress even further in the coming days and achieve their war objectives. 

At this point, no country will directly engage in this conflict. 

The intention will be to continue supplying Ukraine with weapons, hoping that Ukrainians can resist with such assistance. It is difficult to draw a definite conclusion on whether the Ukrainian army can withstand such Russian offensives, given the complexity and severity of the situation, as well as the readiness of the Ukrainian military at this time.

Estonia wants to react

Madis Roll, National Security Advisor to Talin, surprised many by emphasizing that the Estonian government is considering sending troops to western Ukraine to replace Ukrainian forces in rear positions. The Estonians intend to send their troops not directly tied to the front. During a discussion at the presidential palace, he confirmed that talks are underway, and all possibilities will be considered.

Roll emphasizes that the future could bring a lot of uncertainty and potentially significant changes. One option is that NATO countries may become involved in this conflict if Russia makes progress in the coming months. 

Many key figures in Estonia have highlighted that armies must collaborate and find a solution, as Ukrainians are not faring well on the front lines. 

Although major countries have refused to send troops, some still consider it a possibility in the future. 

French President Emmanuel Macron is one of the few who has expressed readiness to send troops if the situation becomes more chaotic. His statements have not been particularly well-received globally, but this French leader believes that the dire situation warrants such measures.

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