Severodonetsk, the last major bastion of Ukrainian resistance in the Luhansk Oblast, is now the epicenter of the fighting in Ukraine. As the Ukrainian general staff reported on Tuesday, the Russians are still storming the city, although defenders inflict losses on them. – Our heroes do not give way in Severodonetsk – President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday evening.
“The enemy is still storming Severodonetsk, combat operations are underway. Our soldiers are inflicting losses on the enemy” – reads the staff message published on the official Facebook.
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The command informed that the Ukrainian army repulsed the enemy in several places in the Donbas, in the direction of Bakhmut, in the vicinity of the town: Nahirne, Berestowe, Krynyczne, Roty. The Russians are moving their troops to the directions Popasna and Mykołajiwka.
On another section of the front in the Donbas, Russian troops are trying to continue their offensive in the direction of Iziumu and Slavic. In particular, they are trying to force their way towards the village Dowhenke and Dolyna.
Apart from Donbas, in eastern Ukraine, in the Kharkiv region, Russian troops focus on maintaining the occupied sections and areas near the border north of Kharkiv, as well as on restraining Ukrainian forces, the staff estimates.
In the South, in the Black Sea, Russia maintains three naval units carrying Kalibr maneuvering missiles ready for use.
British Ministry of Defense: Ukrainians recaptured part of Severodonetsk
The British Ministry of Defense also wrote about the situation in eastern Ukraine in the daily update of intelligence data. In recent days, the Ukrainians have recaptured part of Severodonetsk, it said, although “Russian forces are probably still occupying the eastern districts”. “The broader plan of the Russians most likely still consists in cutting off Severodonetsk both from the north and from the south,” the press release said.
The British ministry pointed to the progress made by the Russian army in the direction of Popasna in May, but this has been halted over the past week. “Reports of heavy shelling near Izium suggest that Russia is getting ready to resume efforts on the northern axis,” it wrote.
“Russia will almost certainly have to make a breakthrough on at least one of these axes in order to turn tactical gains into operational success and progress towards the political goal of taking control of the entire Donetsk region” – indicated.
“Our heroes do not give way in Siewierodoniecko”
On Monday evening, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video that “our heroes do not yield in Severodonetsk.” “There are fierce street fighting in the city,” he said.
“The Ukrainian Donbas is holding on, holding on tight,” stressed the president. The main efforts of the Russians are focused on trying to completely seize this industrial center, the Ukrainian army said.
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