The Russian Army has increased the number of airstrikes against Ukrainian positions in an attempt to break the stalemate in its offensive in Donbas, in eastern Ukraine.
The main bombings have been registered in the surroundings of Bajmut and Soledar, as well as several neighboring towns. They were also attacked from the air and with artillery fire around Sloviansk and Kramatorsk and further south, the Ukrainian positions near Marinka and Vodiane.
On land, one of the main advances of the Russian troops occurred in the fighting for control of the town of Soledar, about ten kilometers northeast of Bakhmut, one of the main strongholds of the Ukrainian forces in the eastern Donetsk region. according to Moscow.
“As a result of offensive actions by the allied troops (Russian and pro-Russian) in the Soledar region, the losses of the 14th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine amount to more than 2,000 troops,” the Defense Ministry spokesman said on Friday. of Russia, General Igor Konashenkov.
The rest of the members of that brigade withdrew from the combat zone to positions in the Ukrainian rear, the military added.
The capture of Soledar is key to gaining control of Bakhmut, a strategic communications hub, which would allow Russian troops to concentrate their efforts on advancing towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the great Ukrainian strongholds, especially the latter, in the Donetsk region.
The south, without important changes
On the southern front, the situation remains unchanged, although the Russian command reported that another 100 Ukrainian troops were killed in an attack in the Mykolaiv region.
Russian anti-aircraft defense, General Konashenkov said today, managed to intercept two Himars missiles in New Kajovka, in the Kherson region (southern Ukraine), under the control of Russian forces practically since the beginning of the military campaign in Ukraine.
In addition, an American-made AN/MPQ-64 radar was destroyed the day before, he said.
A little over a month ago, the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, ordered the Armed Forces to liberate the occupied zones in the south of the country.
Recovery of Kherson, the objective of kyiv
The city of Jershon, the only Ukrainian regional capital controlled by Russia, is at the center of military analysts’ attention, because everything points to its recovery being Kiev’s main objective in the coming weeks.
Since the order issued by Zelensky, the Ukrainian forces have made no progress on the ground, but have repeatedly attacked the bridges that guarantee supplies to the Russian troops stationed in Kherson with rockets.
Zelensky appealed not to reveal details of the military command’s plans, after Ukrainian General Dmitro Marchenko stated in an interview on Wednesday that Ukraine plans to liberate Kherson and conclude the active phase of the war before the end of the year.
“The rule for everyone is simple: war is not the time for vanities and grand declarations. The less concrete details you give about our defensive plans, the better it will be for their fulfillment,” warned the president.
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