Fighting continues in the Severodonetsk pocket, but in the last 48 hours, Russia's Eastern Group of Forces (EGF) has also likely increased its efforts to advance to the south of the town of Izyum in Kharkiv Oblast, the UK Ministry of Defense said in its daily intelligence assessment update on Twitter on June 9.
The intelligence said that Russia's progress on the Izyum axis had remained stalled since April, after Ukrainian forces made good use of the terrain to slow Russia's advance.
"Russia has likely attempted to reconstitute the EGF after they suffered very heavy casualties in the failed advance on Kyiv, but its units likely remain understrength," the ministry's assessment reads.
"Russia likely seeks to regain momentum in this area in order to put further pressure on Severodonetsk, and to give it to the option of advancing deeper into Donetsk Oblast."
Ukraine's General Staff early on June 9 reported that the Russian invasion force had carried out offensive and assault operations near the villages of Bohorodychne and Dovhenke in Kharkiv Oblast.
Fighting there is underway.