In recent weeks, Kiev has acknowledged that the Russian military is stepping up its attacks around Kupiansk with the aim of encircling and capturing this key logistics hub in the Kharkiv region. The city in the north-east of the country was temporarily occupied by Russian forces in 2022, but liberated later, in the fall of the same year, following a lightning counter-offensive by Ukrainian troops, led by Sîrskîi himself, a general nicknamed the “Snow Leopard”.
“The operational situation remains tense… The enemy continues to conduct high-intensity assault operations and constantly brings in new reserves,” the Ukrainian Ground Forces announced.
Sîrskîi listened to the reports of local commanders and discussed the possible scenarios of the actions of the Russian forces, taking into account the information collected, according to the statement published on Facebook.
To solve critical defense tasks, a “redistribution of forces and resources” was carried out, the press service of the Ground Forces stated.
The Washington-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) estimated in early January that the Russian military could soon expand its targeted offensive operations with the goal of capturing Kupiansk .
According to Ukrainian commanders, Russian troops are focusing their efforts in particular on the nearby village of Synkivka.
On January 21, Moscow claimed the capture of Krokhmalne, a village located about 25 kilometers southeast of Kupiansk. Kiev later confirmed a withdrawal from Krokhmalne, but argued that the loss of this abandoned village was of no strategic importance.
Russian sources also claimed that Moscow forces also managed to capture the village of Tabaivka, also in the Kharkiv region, but the Ukrainian military denied this claim.
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