We travel at speed towards the village of Liptsy – now under siege.

Russian forces have penetrated this border area north of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city.

We are being escorted by members of Ukraine’s National Guard, among the latest reinforcements to try to halt this most recent Russian advance. They’ve gone from a fierce battle in the east to another further north – without rest.

The heavy thuds of artillery grow louder when we arrive at their position, just a mile from the frontline.

We run past a smouldering fire towards a bunker, where we are told to take cover.

In the dank, gloomy basement a group of soldiers are watching a drone feed. They’re directing Ukrainian artillery fire towards a tree line.

Andrii tells me the situation: “It’s dynamic and tense and hard to predict.”

We’ve been told we can’t stay for long. Even underground you can hear the explosions

May 17, 2024

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