Zelensky visits Kharkiv's front line, in northeast Ukraine

Monday | May 30, 2022

During a trip to the Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky visited “front line positions” of the Ukrainian military and talked with soldiers, according to his office.

“I want to thank each of you for your service; you put your life on the line for all of us and our state,” he added. “Thank you for preserving Ukraine’s freedom; take care of yourselves.”

During his visit, Zelensky received an operational report on the situation in the area and saw the city’s wrecked governmental and residential structures.

He also presided over a meeting of regional officials, which included military officers and the mayor of Kharkiv.

According to Oleg Synegubov, the commander of the Kharkiv regional military administration, 31% of the region’s land is currently occupied, while 5% has been “liberated” and returned to Ukrainian control.

“As shelling continues, we are unable to completely assess some of the liberated villages, undertake full-scale demining, or begin rebuilding vital infrastructure. We do it where we can do it remotely “Synegubov remarked.

In Kharkiv, 2,229 high-rise buildings have been damaged, with 225 entirely destroyed, according to Synegubov. 30.2 percent of the total housing stock in Kharkiv’s northern and eastern districts has been damaged or destroyed.

Zelensky addressed plans for rebuilding the city, including the construction of modern homes with bomb shelters.

“We need to secure funds and credit lines. The state must provide guarantees, and city and regional leaders must identify excellent initiatives and money to do so “According to Zelensky.

Around 400 cars carrying evacuees from southern Ukraine held at Russian checkpoint

According to Ukrainian TV Suspilne, some 400 cars carrying evacuees from southern Ukraine have been held at a Russian checkpoint in Vasylivka for the previous two or three days.

According to the broadcaster, the automobiles are transporting several families with children and little newborns. Kherson, Mariupol, and Berdiansk supplied the majority of the vehicles.

Evacuees must pass through Vasylivka, the largest Russian-controlled checkpoint on their way to Ukrainian-controlled territory. It’s in the Zaporizhzhia region of southern Ukraine.

Russian soldiers “periodically close” the crossing, leaving families detained and “waiting in horrific conditions,” according to Oleksandr Staruh, the head of the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia area military administration.

Berdiansk has experienced a flood of citizens from Mariupol, the Ukrainian port city that had been bombarded for months before being captured by Russian soldiers. Many families are now attempting to flee to the west since situations in Berdiansk “have deteriorated,” according to Staruh.

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