The Ukrainian military has said that the Russian military is reinforcing its presence along the northern border near the city of Kharkiv.
The General Staff said: “The enemy maintains certain forces and means of air defense in the Belgorod region [in Russia] in full readiness mode and continues to focus its efforts on the defense of the occupied borders in order to prevent the advance of units of our troops toward the state border.”
Kharkiv is Ukraine’s second-largest city and lies about 24 miles from the Russian border.
Last week, Ukrainian forces retook another village in the northern Kharkiv region as their counteroffensive continued against Russian forces.
Ukrainian forces are now edging closer to the Russian border and to vital Russian supply lines that run from the border down to Russian-occupied Izium and into the Donetsk region.
The General Staff said that Russia are responding with rocket-propelled grenades across the border.