At least 174 civilians killed in Ukraine in May, UN rights body says

A UN human rights body says at least 174 civilians were killed and 690 injured in Ukraine in May.

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine announced on Friday that it was the highest monthly number of civilian casualties since June 2023.

The human rights body attributed the high casualties to intensified attacks by Russian forces on Kharkiv city and elsewhere in the eastern region of Kharkiv after they launched an offensive beyond the region's northern border with Russia on May 10. On Sunday, Russian forces launched an offensive in the Kharkiv region, destroying houses there.

Meanwhile, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in an interview with US TV network CBS that the momentum of Russia's operation in Kharkiv has "stalled out."

He added, "Kharkiv is still under threat, but the Russians have not been able to make material progress on the ground in recent days in that area."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video released on Saturday that the Russian army had failed to execute their Kharkiv operation.

He also said Ukrainian forces are destroying Russian units that enter Ukrainian territory.

US think tank Institute for the Study of War said in its assessment on Saturday that the Russian military command is reportedly transferring an unspecified number of forces "from the Kherson direction to the Kharkiv direction."