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Zelenskyy: New Russian Troop Buildup Near Ukrainian Border North of Kharkiv, Preparing for Offensive

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that Russia is amassing another troop grouping near the Ukrainian border, preparing for an offensive 90 kilometers northwest of Kharkiv.

Zelenskyy made the statement in an address to world leaders, recorded in a destroyed printing house in Kharkiv that was recently attacked by Russian forces. The printing house was one of the largest in Europe.

"Literally right now, these days, we are defending ourselves 60 kilometers northeast of this place from another attempt at a Russian offensive," the President said.

Zelenskyy stated that "Russian forces are gathering another troop grouping near the border with Ukraine to start an offensive."

"Russia is preparing for an attempt at offensive actions, and 90 kilometers from here to the northwest (from Kharkiv - ed.) - another troop grouping is gathering near our border. Whoever is doing all this does not want peace," he stressed.

The President made the statement ahead of the First Global Peace Summit aimed at ending Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“The Global Peace Summit will show who in the world really wants to end the war and not just claim the ceasefire which will inevitably be broken by Russian rockets and artillery just like it was dozens, dozens of times before,” Zelenskyy said.

The summit is going to take place betweet June 15-16 in Bürgenstock, Switzerland.

Earlier on May 24th, the General Staff reported that Ukrainian troops had stopped Russian forces in northern Kharkiv region, inflicting fire damage on the enemy, and stating that "the Defense Forces are planning and conducting offensive assault actions to restore lost positions."

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