Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform
June 19, 2023, 17:51

People returning to Kharkiv; towns along the border remain under enemy fire – Oleh Syniehubov on situation in Kharkiv oblast

The enemy does not stop terrorizing the civilian population in Kharkiv oblast. Over the past day, 20 settlements came under the occupiers’ fire. Kharkiv city itself comes under enemy fire almost every week, but this does not stop people from coming back. The city currently has 1.2-1.3 million permanent residents. The number of internally displaced persons in the region is also quite large – 490,000.

Oleh Syniehubov, Head of Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“During the past day, almost all settlements located along the border came under the occupiers’ enemy fire again. These are 20 settlements. This is settlement of Lyptsi, Kharkiv district, this is Morozova Dolyna, Bohodukhiv district, this is Vovchansk, Chuhuyiv district, this is Kupyansk district. And the enemy is hitting those places with various types of weapons: tanks, artillery, mortars. In fact, (the russians are targeting – Ed.) the residential buildings in these settlements, where there are neither military personnel, nor enterprises, nor critical infrastructure belonging to the defense industry, etc. That is, they are simply terrorizing the local population,” he said.

Oleh Syniehubov noted that the enemy is constantly trying to test the positions of our troops along the Kupyansk axis. However, they suffer losses and retreat under the fire of Ukrainian soldiers.

At the same time, the Head of the Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, emphasized that currently Kharkiv city is under enemy fire almost every week.

“These are S-300 missile systems. In the last two weeks, the enemy changed tactics and started launching attacks on both Kharkiv city and other settlements of our region with Shahed-type kamikaze drones,” he added.

However, despite enemy shelling, Oleh Syniehubov says that people are returning to the city.

“If we take the city of Kharkiv, then we already have 1.2 – 1.3 million permanent residents living within Kharkiv city itself. We record about 490,000 internally displaced persons in the region. This is quite a large figure. These are the people evacuating from Kupyansk district, from Vovchansk town, and from Izyum city and district to Kharkiv city, among other places. That is, these are the people who are coming to the metropolis for reasons such as leaving really dangerous places, their settlements, finding a job, etc.,” he said.

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