Ukraine forces approaching borders of Luhansk region, UK says

The wreckages of Russian fighting vehicles destroyed by the Ukrainian Armed Forces during a counteroffensive operation, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, are seen near the town of Izium, Kharkiv region, Ukraine September 30, 2022. REUTERS/Vladyslav Musiienko

Oct 5 (Reuters) - The Ukrainian armed forces have advanced up to 20 km (12 miles) beyond the Oskil river in the northeastern Kharkiv region into Russia's defensive zone towards the town of Svatove in Luhansk region, Britain said on Wednesday.

"Politically, Russian leaders will highly likely be concerned that leading Ukrainian units are now approaching the borders of Luhansk Oblast, which Russia claimed to have formally annexed last Friday," the British Ministry of Defence said in an intelligence bulletin.

The intelligence update added that it was highly likely that Ukraine could now strike the Svatove-Kremina road in Luhansk region and added that Ukraine continued to make progress is its operations in the southern front as well.

Reporting by Jose Joseph in Bengaluru

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