Slovyansk may be next key contest in battle for Donbas, says UK intelligence

6 July, 03:24 PM
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are on the defensive in the Donetsk Oblast (Photo:Mil/Facebook)

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are on the defensive in the Donetsk Oblast (Photo:Mil/Facebook)

The battle for Slovyansk may become the next key contest in the struggle for control of the Donbas after the almost complete capture of Luhansk Oblast, UK Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence update on Twitter on July 6.

According to the ministry’s assessment, Russian forces from its Eastern and Western Groups of Forces are likely now around 16 kilometers north of the town of Slovyansk.

"With the town also under threat from the Central and Southern Groups of Forces, there is a realistic possibility that the battle for Slovyansk will be the next key contest in the struggle for the Donbas," the ministry said.

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It said that Russia is likely continuing to consolidate its control over Lysychansk and Luhansk Oblast.

To the north, it has committed most of the remaining available units from the Eastern and Western Groups of Forces to the Izyum axis.

Recently, Russia significantly intensified its shelling of populated areas in Donetsk Oblast.

According to the UK intelligence, after the almost complete capture of Luhansk Oblast, the invaders will make an attempt to take control of the Donetsk Oblast towns of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.

Slovyansk Mayor Vadym Lyakh on July 4 announced that the town was already on the frontline.

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