In just one week, Russia conquers 258 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory, while at the same time Putin forms a strategic alliance.

Russian forces have captured more than 258 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory in just a week. This makes Russia’s latest advances the largest in over a year, reports the Telegraph.

In the period from May 9th to 15th, Russia’s army recorded significant gains in terrain, especially in the Kharkiv region. According to data from the Institute for the Study of War, these conquests are due to a new front line that Russia quickly opened across the border into the Kharkiv region.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the front in view of the escalating situation and described the situation as “extremely difficult”. Nevertheless, he emphasized that his armed forces had the situation “fundamentally under control”.

As the Telegraph further reports, Russian forces are preparing to capture a village just 30 kilometers from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. Vitaly Ganchev, a Russian-deployed official in Ukraine, said that Russian troops were already “at the foothills” of Lypzi, a town on one of the main arteries to the city.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing at a joint event where an agreement to deepen the strategic partnership between Russia and China was signed.