Detailed Front map. Where the occupiers are advancing and how Ukraine repels their attacks

The Russians are preparing to attack immediately in a number of directions. While the Kremlin deployed huge forces to capture the Donbass, the Ukrainian defenders managed to launch several counterattacks in the south.

Russian troops captured about 20% of the territory of Ukraine, including the autonomous republic of Crimea. Under temporary occupation are more than 2.6 thousand settlements located on 125 thousand square kilometers, which is comparable to the area of ​​Greece or Bulgaria. More than a thousand cities, towns and villages were liberated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The front line stretched for a thousand kilometers from the northeast to the southern regions of our country. Russian militants are trying to hold their positions in the Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Kherson regions and advance in the Donbas, which they are leveling to the ground step by step. Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny said that the occupiers are going to attack our positions in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in nine directions at once.

The main goal set by the Kremlin command is to take Severodonetsk. The enemy transferred a huge part of his forces there in order to declare the “victorious liberation” of the entire Luhansk region as soon as possible. Putin considers this the most realistic task after 113 days of full-scale war.

In other regions of Ukraine, the aggressor inflicts rocket-bomb and artillery strikes in order to terrorize the civilian population and prevent the strengthening of our troops.

Eastern front

In the Kharkiv region , the invaders managed to improve their positions over the past week. We are talking about the so-called Kharkov direction, which extends north of the regional center. There, our Defense Forces carried out a successful counteroffensive, pushing the enemy to the Russian-Ukrainian border. In the future, the Armed Forces of Ukraine could approach the eastern part of the region, which is now under occupation. But the aggressor strengthened his forces and launched counterattacks northeast of Kharkov.

“The Russians pulled up reserves there, primarily artillery units, and began to strike at our forces. The Ukrainian troops were forced to retreat, since it was not possible to counteract on an equal footing with the artillery units of the Russian Federation. In general, the ratio of forces and means today is 1 to 10 in favor of Russia,” Vladislav Seleznev, ex-chief of the press service of the General Staff, Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, explained to the publication.

The occupiers again got the physical opportunity to hit Kharkov not only from rocket systems, but also from cannon artillery. However, the regional center is not a target for assault now.

The fact is that it is critically important for the aggressor to prevent the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to the east of the region. There – from Volchansk, near the Russian border, through Veliky Burluk and Kupyansk – there are key communications that provide a huge enemy grouping in the Izyum region.

“This is the same group of troops that plans to attack Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region. There are about 20 BTGr (battalion tactical groups – ed.) there. Plus, the Russians are pulling cannon and rocket artillery to this area. That is, to implement logistics to the area Raisin invaders hold the defense in the eastern part of the Kharkiv region,” Seleznev said.

Because of the threat to the Izyum direction, the aggressor was forced to slow down the pace of advance towards Slavyansk . But, according to experts, the enemy may soon resume offensive operations in the direction of this city.

“Over the past weeks, we have not seen serious enemy advances of more than 10 kilometers. But the enemy may try to make a breakthrough in several directions. This will be primarily a Slavic direction, possibly in the area of ​​​​Maryinka and towards Kurakhovo, bypassing Avdiivka. Although this not as likely as in the case of Slavyansk,” military analyst Colonel Sergei Grabsky explained to the publication.

The invaders want to storm Slavyansk from two directions at once – not only from Izyum, but also from the temporarily occupied Liman in the north of the Donetsk region. In the Liman area, the enemy is still regrouping troops, Seleznev says. In addition, there is a geographically rather complex terrain, which makes it difficult for the aggressor to move. Much more of a threat to the advance of the invaders is now visible from the Izyum direction.

The main focus of the enemy’s attention is focused on the capture of Severodonetsk , the administrative center of the part of the Luhansk region controlled by Ukraine. More than 90% of its area has already been captured by the Kremlin and “Ldnrov” militants.

According to Zaluzhny, Severodonetsk is a key point in the system of Ukraine’s defense operation in the Lugansk region. Now the fighting is going on in the city itself and in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bsettlements that are located to the south – Toshkovka, Zolote, Nikolaevka and Vrubovka. Our defenders control the industrial zone of Severodonetsk, in particular the Azot plant, where civilians are hiding.

Lysichansk, which is located in the Severodonetsk agglomeration in the south, is also completely controlled by Ukraine. At the same time, he is regularly fired upon by the Russians.

It looks like the aggressor’s plan is to encircle our forces, which are defending the remaining 10% of the territory, while blocking the Bakhmut-Lysichansk highway. This is a key highway that connects the free part of the Lugansk region with Ukraine and provides logistics for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But so far, the occupiers have failed to implement their plan.

“Street battles are going on in Severodonetsk today and part of the districts, in fact, is passing from hand to hand – from the occupiers to us and vice versa. The aggressor really wants to surround our troops in the Luhansk region. The enemy tried several times to carry out an offensive to close the “cauldron” “, – says military expert Oleg Zhdanov. There is a possibility of encirclement of our troops in the Lugansk region, the interlocutor believes. But, in his opinion, it is now not so big and threatening.

The aggressor was going to “circle” our troops, advancing to meet each other in two groups along the Seversk-Popasnaya line. So, one part of the enemy fighters was supposed to advance from the Liman region to the southeast, through Seversk, Donetsk region. The second part of the troops in this case will go from the temporarily captured Popasna Lugansk region to the north-west, to the Bakhmut-Lysichansk highway.

This version is also supported by the fact that the aggressor decided to reinforce his contingent in the area of ​​Popasna, transferring there, among other things, one armored personnel carrier from Kupyansk.

“Today we see quite active actions from the south direction, where the enemy is trying to enter the highway. At the same time, there are no active actions from the north in the Seversk region yet. But the enemy is concentrating forces there,” Grabsky explained.

He admits: if the enemy succeeds in capturing Severodonetsk, then he will try to encircle those of our defenders who will hold the lines in Lisichansk.

south axis

Most of the territory of the Kherson region is now occupied by the aggressor. Under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are separate areas in the west towards Nikolaev and in the north-west, tens of kilometers from Krivoy Rog. And just in these areas, the Ukrainian command in recent weeks has organized a series of successful counterattacks.

While the Kremlin pulled its main forces to the Donbass, our army managed to gain a foothold in the area of ​​​​Davydov Brod and the Ingulets River, and also get a little closer to Kherson.

“This is the improvement of Ukrainian positions and the preparation of a bridgehead for a future offensive. Our forces have managed to achieve some success there. We are gradually moving forward. In any case, we are approaching Kherson. But the scale of advance there is small,” Zhdanov explained.

Now our military is “feeling” for the possibility of an offensive from Davydov Brod to the southeast to Berislav, which is located near Nova Kakhovka. If this operation is successful, then the Armed Forces of Ukraine will actually cut the enemy grouping on the right bank of the Dnieper into conditional Kherson and Krivoy Rog. Those units that are now deployed closer to Krivoy Rog will, in fact, be doomed, since they will be cut off from all supplies.

There is another important location in the Kherson direction – this is the Snigirevka area, where our defenders also started fighting. This city is located on the administrative border of the Nikolaev region and has been controlled by the Russians since the end of March. From Snigirevka there are direct roads to Kherson and to the Berislav region, says Grabsky.

“In fact, these are the only two crossings to the left bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region. Accordingly, only these two crossings provide supplies of enemy troops on the right bank,” the expert specified.

For the Ukrainian defenders, it is important to block access to these crossings in order to cut the lines of communication of the occupiers on the right bank of the Kherson region. Due to the counterattacks of our troops, the aggressor was forced to transfer part of the forces and means from the Zaporozhye region there .

There, the enemy tried to form a grouping to attack Zaporozhye. But as long as they have to spread their forces on other front lines, this city is not worth a serious risk.

“So far, no active operations have been carried out in the Zaporozhye region. Those enemy troops that were concentrated near Vasilyevka in the Melitopol region are now scattered to solve other tasks. Namely, to eliminate a possible threat to the invaders on the right bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region,” he says. Grabsky.

The Ukrainian military, taking advantage of this opportunity, carried out a counterattack and even moved the enemy from Orekhov towards Pologi for 5-7 kilometers, Zhdanov specified.

Tension in the north

After defeats on the outskirts of Kyiv, the invaders withdrew part of their surviving units from the northern regions. But the enemy continues to heat up the situation there – both with the help of their own resources and with the help of the activity of the Belarusian troops.

The aggressor regularly fires artillery at the Sumy and Chernihiv regions from the territory of the Russian Federation. Alarm signals are also coming from Belarus. First, their army conducts various exercises. Fears are added by Lukashenka’s scandalous statements that he is transferring his troops “from peacetime to wartime.”

“We heard the latest statements of the Belarusian dictator that their army supposedly needs to save the western regions of Ukraine, otherwise Poland will try to capture them. That is, there is some information preparation for a possible invasion. .

Thirdly, Lukashenka moved seven battalions of his army to our borders. This is relatively little, but the Ukrainian command is still forced to hold part of the troops on the northern borders.

According to Zhdanov, there is no threat of a breakthrough of our borders by the Belarusian or Russian army in the north and northeast yet. There is no accumulation of troops necessary for offensive operations.

“On the northwestern part of our borders with Belarus, unfortunately, there is a possibility of an invasion by the Belarusian army. But it is too low. We observe and hold troops there,” the expert said.

President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday held a meeting of the headquarters of the commander-in-chief about the possibility of a new invasion from Belarus. He instructed to check the readiness of the four regions bordering it.

Probably, Putin wants to push Lukashenka to try to block the supply of weapons in western Ukraine in the direction of Kovel-Lutsk-Lviv on his own.

“Whether Lukashenka’s army is able to implement this plan is a debatable issue, since the Defense Forces have been created in the northern direction and appropriate fortification measures are being carried out,” Seleznev said.

All these “nth” stages of the military exercises, backed up by Lukashenka’s loud speeches, are more like he is trying to maneuver and not join the war.

“He is preparing the army for war, conducting various activities – exercises, deployment. But it looks like this:” I am preparing, but I am not ready yet. will finally force Lukashenka to give the order for the Belarusian army to attack Ukraine,” Zhdanov admitted.

On the part of Belarus, another risk is now more visible – an increase in missile and bomb strikes from aviation, Grabsky believes. Along the borders with Ukraine, the concentration and movement of S-300 air defense divisions is recorded. For the defense of Belarus, this does not make any sense, since nothing threatens it.

“At the same time, they can create air defense for the aircraft that will potentially strike from Belarus, entering the space of Ukraine. In this case, there is a possibility of air strikes on our railway in the Kovel-Sarny-Korosten area. the risk of air strikes in the Volyn, Rivne and Zhytomyr regions, and possibly in the Lviv region,” Grabsky suggested.

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