Russia’s war in Ukraine

Ukrainian Army personnel guard an outpost on April 27, in a front-line village in Hulyaipole District, Zaporizhia Region, Ukraine. Russia has stepped up its attacks in southeastern Ukraine while trying to advance further into Donetsk and Zaporizhia Oblasts. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s military command said Russian forces are “launching intense fire” as a multi-pronged offensive is taking shape across three regions.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said Thursday that the Russians are focused on trying to make progress in the Izyum region of eastern Ukraine.

Izyum, in the Kharkiv region, became a springboard for Russian forces as they attempted to advance through the neighboring Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

In order to strengthen the advanced group, the occupiers also transferred airborne units to the city of Izyum, said the General Staff in its daily operational update.

She added that one of Russia’s goals is to advance in the settlement of Lyman, which is located near the Slovyansk industrial and transport center.

“The enemy has improved its tactical position, trying to develop an attack on the village of Lyman,” said the General Staff, preparing to cross the Seversky Donets.

Pictures emerged on Wednesday showing the destruction of a bridge over the river.

to the southeast“The main efforts are focused on besieging the defense forces,” the General Staff said, near the city of Donetsk, while the towns of Mariinka and Ocheretin came under fire.

In the Luhansk regionThe General Staff said the Russians were attacking the small town of Orikov.

Serhiy Haiday, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said the Russian offensive near Urikov was not successful. But the town of Lysichansk, about 28 kilometers away, was hit hard, with 13 buildings destroyed.

“All the strikes in Lysekhansk are 99% (…) in residential neighborhoods, houses, markets and shops,” Heyday said.

Haidai said the hospital in Severodonetsk He was still working despite being bombed on Wednesday.

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in southern UkraineAccording to the Ukrainian army, the airfield at Melitopol airfield is used by the Russians as a base for Su-25 attack aircraft, Ka-52 attack helicopters, transport aircraft and Mi-8 combat aircraft.

The army acknowledged that the Russians made a gradual advance in the Kherson region as they attempted to advance towards the city of Mykolaiv. “The enemy gained a foothold in the area of ​​the Tavrigsky settlement,” and from there bombarded neighboring villages, she added.

The General Staff claimed that on Wednesday, a Russian plane and six drones were shot down, while five other tanks and armored vehicles were destroyed on the ground.

Some basic information: as part of The second stage of its conquestRussia has said it wants to secure all of Ukraine’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk – parts of which have been controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014 – and cement a land bridge linking Russia’s Rostov region to Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine. eight years ago.

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