Ukrainian troops forced a Russian withdrawal in the northeastern city of Kharkiv and advanced to the Russian border, the local governor said on Monday. In many parts of the east, the situation is fluid, with Ukrainian and Russian forces capturing and retaking territory.
Here are the updates for the main battlegrounds:
Kharkov: Russian troops are trying to hold the border after withdrawing from areas around Ukraine’s second-largest city. The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington think tank, said the activity was different from previous Russian withdrawals from around kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy earlier in the war, when they retreated to Russian territory. If so, they “could seek to hold positions in Ukraine” – and maintain the battery of artillery strikes – to prevent Ukrainian forces from coming within striking range of the Russian city of Belgorod, a hub of key supply for the Russian army.
Donbass: Despite a largely stalled offensive in the eastern Donbass region, Russian forces have made modest progress amid heavy fighting in Donetsk Oblast, the Pentagon said Monday.
Odessa: Russian airstrikes have hit tourist infrastructure and buildings in the Odessa region, its military administration announced on Monday.
Mariupol: An evacuation of at least a few Ukrainian soldiers from a surrounded steel mill in the Russian-held city appeared to be underway on Monday. The number of Ukrainian soldiers to be evacuated was not immediately clear – nor was their fate. Mass graves have been discovered west of the destroyed southern port city, officials said. Ukraine’s military command said late Monday it would end combat operations in Mariupol and focus on evacuations.
Alex Horton, Reis Thebault and Hannah Dormido contributed to this report.