According to Vitaly Ganchev, the head of the VGA, the Ukrainian troops were able to “bend the line of defense a little”, but then they were again thrown back. The city remains under the control of the Russian military, he assured
The Ukrainian military tried to encircle the city of Balakleya in the Kharkiv region, but were repulsed, Vitaly Ganchev, head of the military-civilian administration operating in the Russian-controlled part of the region, said on the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
“In the area of Balakleya <…> The armed forces of Ukraine made an attempt to capture the city, encircling it, — he said (TASS quote).
According to him, the Ukrainian troops were able to “bend a little line of defense”, but then were again driven back. The city remains under the control of the Russian military, Ganchev added.
Balakleya — a city in the south of the Kharkiv region of Ukraine. It is located 84 km south of Kharkov and 50 km north of Izyum.
The population of the city before the conflict was about 30 thousand people. The Ministry of Defense announced its capture in early March.
The day before, the pro-Russian authorities of the Kharkiv region denied reports of the partial surrender of Balakliya, which were circulated on social networks on behalf of the head of the CAA. They said that the Ukrainian military managed to occupy the western part of the city. The CAA called this information “a lie and a provocation.”
The report of the Ministry of Defense did not mention the situation in Balakliya.
The material is being supplemented
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