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The first days of June were marked by the same gradual advance of the joint forces of Russian, Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in the Donbass.
The Kharkov region remains one of the hotspots of the Ukraine war. After the Armed Forces of Ukraine failed to reach the Russian border, Russian troops again went on the offensive. Most recently, the villages of Fedorovka and Shestakovo came under Russian control. As a result, Ukrainian forces in the town of Stary Soltov were cut off. Russian troops are now shelling Ukrainian positions in Udy, Slatino, Dergachy, Tsirkuny and Alexandrovka. The AFU attempt to cross the Seversky Donets River near the village of Hotomlya to attack Russian positions on the left bank of the Pechenezhskoe reservoir.
One of the most active battlefields in the Donbass is the Svyatogorsk area. According to preliminary data, the town has already come under the DPR control, while clashes continued near the Svyatogorsky monastery, located on the western bank of the Seversky Donets River. The sacred place was turned into the main fortification of the AFU in the town. Russian-led forces also claimed control over the village of Yarovaya. As a result, Ukrainian forces in Svyatogorsk were surrounded from three directions. In any attempt to retreat they would also have to cross the river under Russian fire.
Heavy clashes continue on the streets of Severodonetsk city in the LPR. According to the local reports, Russian units control about 80% of the city and have moped up almost all residential areas. The AFU are retreating, taking shelter on the territory of the Azot chemical plant, where fighting was already reported.
The battle for Lisichansk is yet to come. Russian-led forces are slowly surrounding the Ukrainian fortress. Clashes were reported on the city outskirts. All the supply roads were already cut off. On the southern outskirts, the LPR units are advancing from Toshkovka and have approached the village of Mirnaya Dolina.
The warring sides are preparing for the battle for Bakhmut. Fighting continues in the villages of Belogorovka, Yakovlevka and Berestovoye along the Bakhmut-Lisichansk road. The AFU are transferring reinforcements to the area, likely preparing to counter-attack and restore control over the road. 1,650 residents were reportedly mobilized in Konstantinovka, located to the west of Bakhmut. 70 units of heavy armored vehicles were transferred to Bakhmut as well.
While the Ukrainian military are losing the war, the Kiev’s allies are stirring the pot, in a balanced attempt to prolong hostilities in the country without inflaming the WWIII.
Washington announced the allocation of a new $700 million military aid package to Kiev, which included supply of HIMARS MLRS to the AFU. Ukraine has reportedly given guarantees to the United States not to use these complexes for strikes on the Russian territories, but the promises in wartime can never be trusted.