4 August, 09:03 PM

Ukrainian forces liberate two villages in Donetsk Oblast, withdraw from two positions near Donetsk and Bakhmut

During the week, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated the villages of Mazanivka and Dmytrivka in Donetsk Oblast, Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff Oleksiy Gromov said at a briefing on Aug 4.

The village of Mazanivka is 140 kilometers from Donetsk, while Dmytrivka is 61 kilometers away.

Gromov also said that the Ukrainian military had managed to improve its tactical position and switched to defending in depth in the areas of the settlements of Mazanivka, Brashkov, Sulugunivka and Dmytrivka.

Defending in depth is a military tactic in which the defender cedes territory through pulling back from one defensive line to another, sapping the momentum of the attacker while inflicting losses on the enemy.

“Two settlements were liberated – Mazanivka and Dmytrivka,” Gromov said.

At the same time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine withdrew from two positions near Donetsk and Bakhmut, he said.

According to Gromov, the enemy managed to push out the Ukrainian troops using artillery and conducting an offensive in the area of ​​​​the Dolomitne and Vuhlehirska thermal power plants on the Kodema section of the front. The Armed Forces of Ukraine were forced to leave Semihirya and switch to defensive actions on the eastern outskirts of Kodema, he said.

In addition, on July 30, as a result of the enemy’s active use of air force, artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and offensive assault operations on the Spartak-Avdiyivka section of the front, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were forced to leave the Butivka mine and switch to defense actions south of the city of Avdiyivka in Donetsk Oblast. 

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