During the past few days, Kyiv’s forces significantly increased intensity of artillery strikes on residential areas of Donetsk, Gorlovka and Makeevka cities. Ukrainian units actively use artillery and rocket systems in intentional strikes on civilian areas from their positions in the countryside of these cities. Without the full elimination of positions of Kyiv’s forces in these areas, it is not possible to put an end to this terrorist activity. Thus, the Kyiv leadership and its forces use the time that it bought by sending their troops for slaughter in Severodonetsk-Lysichansk area to terrorize civilian population in the Donbass.
These developments come amid the slow but steady advance of Russian forces around Slavyansk and Severodonetsk.
As of the morning of June 7, Russian forces liberated the town of Svyatogorsk in the combat sector south of Izum and besieged Kyiv’s units in Bogorodichne and Tatyanovka. These towns as well as the nearby areas will likely be abandoned by Kyiv’s troops as their defense in the area is more and more focused on strong points created around Slovyansk and Kramatorks.
The situation remains tense in Severodonetsk and Lysichansk. Fighting continues in the industrial zone of Severodonetsk. Kyiv’s units made several attempts to counter-attack and break the tactical encirclement in which they have found themselves. Nonetheless, these counter-attacks resulted in no real changes of the frontline. If Russian units break the remaining defense of Kyiv’s forces in this area, the entire defense of Kyiv in the sector will collapse.
Destroyed equipment of Kyiv’s forces:
Reports also appeared about tactical changes of the frontline in around Kherson and Mykolaiv. Kyiv’s units withdrew from some of positions that they captured in the gray zone in the previous week. In general, the situation in the area remains stable and attempts of Kyiv to organize pressure on the Russians in this region failed.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry released a new statement on the development of its operation in Ukraine:
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
High-precision air-based missiles have hit 2 command posts, 3 firing positions of artillery batteries, as well as 18 areas of Ukrainian manpower and military equipment concentration. 2 ammunition depots have been destroyed in the areas of Vrubovka and Yakovlevka in Lugansk People’s Republic.
Operational-tactical aviation have hit 65 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration.
The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 170 nationalists, 9 tanks, 2 Grad multiple rocket launchers, 1 battery of field artillery and 8 various purpose vehicles.
Russian air defence means have shot down 12 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Liptsy, Streleche, Dement’evka, Borodoyarskoe, Mar’ino, Petrovskoe, Grakovo, Malye Prokhody in Kharkov Region, as well as Vasil’ievka in Nikolaev Region, overnight.
Missile troops and artillery have hit 39 command posts, 49 firing positions of AFU artillery, as well as 426 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration.
The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 400 nationalists, 10 armoured vehicles, 3 Grad multiple rocket launchers, 10 special vehicles, and 3 launchers of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems near Kramatorsk.
In addition, shelling resulted in the destruction of one 155mm self-propelled howitzer (M109A3) donated by Norway, 2 US 155mm howitzers (M777), and 7 field artillery and mortars, including 1 203mm Pion self-propelled artillery mount.
In total, 190 Ukrainian aircraft and 129 helicopters, 1,139 unmanned aerial vehicles, 333 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,443 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 478 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,807 field artillery and mortars, as well as 3,464 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.
Artillery units of Russian-led forces around Popasnaya:
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