The battle for Severodonetsk-Lisichansk metropolitan area ended with the victory of Russian-led forces. The retreat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), which Kiev propagandists called ‘another successful operation of the Ukrainian military’, did not stop there. Even after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the units that took part in the battle of Lisichansk to rest, the Russian offensive in the north of the Donetsk People’s Republic continued.
The front line of Bakhmut/Artemovsk – Soledar-Seversk is currently the main hotspot of the Ukrainian war.
The military representatives of the DPR have already announced the beginning of the battle for Seversk on July 3. In fact, Ukrainian positions in the city are being shelled by Russian artillery, and the advancing troops are yet to reach the outskirts of the city. At the same time, Russian-led forces are rapidly approaching the city from several directions, and Ukrainian units risk being blocked from the east, northeast and southeast in the near future.
To date, the combined forces of Russia, the L/DPR have taken control of the settlement of Verkhnekamenka, located 7 kilometers east of Seversk.
To the east of Verkhnekamenka, Russian-led forces managed to align the front. On the morning of July 6, the 11th regiment of the People’s Militia of the DPR took control of the village of Spornoe after several days of violent clashes. At the moment, mop-up operations are underway in the village. The AFU units that have abandoned their positions in this area are shelling Spornoe with artillery, causing more damage to civilian infrastructure.
To the northeast of Seversk, the Russian offensive is developing on the right bank of the Seversky Donets River in the direction of Grigorovka and Serebryanka.
The AFU have been preparing their defenses in the city of Seversk and nearby areas weeks before they retreated from Lisichansk. The positions of the Ukrainian military were heavily reinforced with artillery, including foreign-made military equipment supplied by Kiev’s allies. In the city itself there are several heights on the outskirts that will complicate a potential assault. The AFU forces deployed in this area were also reinforced by troops from Lisichansk and other frontlines.
Judging by the ongoing military developments, Russian-led forces are likely to use the same tactics they used in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk area, as well as in the Gordkoye-Zolotoye region. It is expected that they will avoid storming the city of Seversk, but they will block it from several directions first.
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