“The theater of military operations has been greatly reduced – around Luhansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv”, claims the daily online Ukrainska Pravda. Nevertheless, “the danger has not disappeared for other regions, especially missile strikes […]”. In the regions of “Sumy and Chernihiv, the Russians regularly fire on the border areas”. And “in the occupied territories, the Russians set up a regime of terror and start talking about a ‘referendum’ again”.
Artillery duels in the Donbass
For now, precise Ukrainska Pravda, “the key objectives of the occupiers remain Sievierodonetsk and Lyssytchansk”, who “hold”. But for how long ?
Indeed, as explained by Vadym Skibitskiy, deputy director of HUR, Ukrainian military intelligence, in an interview with Guardian British, also taken up by the daily Ukraina Moloda : “Now it’s an artillery war”. “And in terms of artillery, we lose.”
“Now it all depends on what [l’Occident] gives us. Ukraine has one artillery piece where the Russians field between 10 and 15.” – Vadym Skibitskiy, Deputy Director of Ukrainian Military Intelligence.
Always more material
However, acknowledges Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, quoted by the daily Denthe Ukrainian army has already received a large number of equipment, among others “about 250 armored vehicles of western type, M113 TM, M113 YPR-765, Bushmaster, Mastiff, Husky, Wolfhound”.
“And that effort continues, he adds. There is no need to go back to Stinger, Starstreak, Mistral, Piorun missiles, anti-tank weapons like NLAW, Javelin, Milan, Panzerfaust, Carl Gustaf, АТ4, RGW-90 HH/MATADOR.”
Ukraine got some “thousands, it is well known. And this is far from the complete list, it is still too early to talk about some other modern weapon systems, we will talk about them later. But the enemies are going to feel their effects now.”
Despite their superiority in artillery and aviation, the Kremlin troops continued to suffer heavy losses, especially in the battle for Sievierodonetsk where “the Russian forces are looking for the weak points of the defense, without success”, assures Serhiy Haïdaï, the head of the military administration of Luhansk Oblast.
In a press release whose press agency UNN echoeshe even asserts that the soldiers of Moscow “drop like flies”. “The rachists [mot-valise associant russe et fasciste] retreated the remnants of the Buryat formations from Sievierodonetsk, because they cannot withstand the fighting against the Ukrainian troops.”
At the same time, “Orcs powerfully bombard the city of Lysychansk with large-caliber shells that pierce the concrete”. As for Sievierodonetsk, it is “systematically destroyed, but the Russians do not fully control it, even if the Ukrainian zone is under permanent fire”.
In the south, concern is growing
In the regions of Kherson and Zaporijjia, the Russian general staff proceeded to significant redeployments, even if it has means that are all in all limited, since it focuses most of its effort on Sievierodonetsk.
The Ukrainian Southern Command reports that on this front, “the fighting continues, the enemy consolidates its positions, deploys weapons and mines the territory. In the occupied zone, many fields, roads and bridges are mined”, reports Den.
However, announcement Ukraina Moloda“in the Zaporizhia region, the Ukrainian defenders liberated a small part [du] territory and thus pushed back the front line”. “Some positions of the Russian National Guard were abandoned, units were redeployed to Kherson. In their place, in the Zaporizhia region, the Russian command sends DNR fighters”, the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk, considered to be of lesser value.
Zaporizhia is getting ready
The Russians would also have “suddenly withdrew from part of the surroundings of Melitopol and Vasylivka, in the Zaporizhia oblast, in the direction of Kherson. The occupiers engage in rotations of their forces in the steppe north of the Sea of Azov”, indicates the information site Glavkom.
“Regional authorities are continuing to evacuate children and the elderly to safer areas,” says Oleksandr Staroukh, the head of the military administration of Zaporizhia Oblast. “Despite fluctuations in the intensity of the fighting and in the face of rotating enemy forces, the Zaporizhia region continues to strengthen its defences.”
But he warns:
“The fighting will get worse in the Zaporizhia region. Now is not the time to relax our efforts.” – Oleksandr Staroukh, head of the military administration of Zaporizhia Oblast.
At present, “60% of the territory of the region is temporarily occupied by the Russians” and these would concentrate “their attacks in the northeast, near the administrative border of the Donetsk region”.