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Ukraine warns they have no more reserve troops amid Russia’s shock assault on Kharkhiv

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UKRAINE’S generals warned they have run out of reserves to halt Russia’s shock assault on Kharkiv.

They admit they are struggling to contain the advance in the north east of the country.

Ukraine is struggling to contain the Russian advance in the north east of the country as they have run out of reserves

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Ukraine is struggling to contain the Russian advance in the north east of the country as they have run out of reservesCredit: Reuters

General Kyrylo Budanov, boss of Kyiv’s military intelligence said: “I’ve used everything we have.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have anyone else in the reserves.”

Putin’s troops have seized miles of ground in their fastest advances in months.

The blitz, said to be the first stage of Russia’s summer offensive, is designed to stretch Ukraine’s already outnumbered defenders.

Kyiv said the Russian push appeared to have run out of steam last night — but, in the face of Putin’s 500,000-strong force, warned that could change quickly.

Royal United Services Institute war expert Dr Jack Watling said unless Ukraine could muster more troops its prospects were bleak as Russia had “significant numerical superiority”.

Ukraine cannot blitz Russian forces massing just over the border because the US has forbidden it from using its weapons such as Himars rockets in enemy territory.

Former UK joint chief General Sir Richard Barrons said that had allowed the Russians to be able to “form up at leisure”.

He added: “Those are the only weapons that will break up Russian forces as they organise themselves for an offensive.”

But desperately needed weapons from the latest US aid package have begun arriving at the front line.

In Kyiv today, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who vowed to make Russia pay to rebuild his country.

He said: “It’s what international law demands.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in KyivCredit: AP

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