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Ukrainian troops push Russian forces back in northeastern city of Kharkiv Updated: 2022-05-12 17:16:14 KST

Ukrainian troops have reportedly pushed Russian forces back in the northeastern city of Kharkiv.
That's according to the BBC on Thursday which reports that Russian artillery are no longer in range of the city center.
However, it cannot be seen as a full-blown retreat.
Instead, they are believed to be waiting for reinforcements from several battalion tactical groups.
Previously, Ukraine had stopped Russian forces from crossing the Siverskyi Donets River in the Luhansk region.
The Ukrainians blew up two pontoon bridges in the region on Tuesday, stopping Russian troops from crossing.

Meanwhile, Ukraine has offered to release Russian prisoners in exchange for the evacuation of injured Ukrainian soldiers from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
That's according to the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk on Wednesday.
Vereshchuk posted on social media that while there's no agreement in place at the moment, negotiations are underway.

Ukrainian military commander, Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, who's currently inside the Azovstal steel plant, told CNN on Wednesday that he believes all civilians who were sheltering inside the plant are now out.
However, he added that it is difficult to make a full assessment of the situation due to the sheer size of the plant itself.
Previously on Saturday, President Zelenskyy said that women, children, and the elderly had exited the plant as part of "phase one."
Zelenskyy also said that "phase two" would be for the injured, medics, and soldiers inside the plant.

For the first time, a civilian in Russia has reportedly died as a result of cross-border shelling from Ukraine.
According to the governor of the Belgorod region on Wednesday, a civilian was killed and three more wounded in the Russian border village of Solokhi.

Meanwhile, Finland has recently announced it's in favor of applying to join NATO.
While steps remain before the application process can begin, it has wide support from other NATO members.
Sweden is also expected to announce its intention to join the alliance in the coming days.
Previously, Russia has warned both countries against joining NATO, saying there would be consequences.
Lee Shi-hoo, Arirang News.
Reporter : slee@arirang.com
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