The city of Severodonetsk remains mired in urban combat between Ukrainian defenders and Russian invaders, with the Russians pushing the Ukrainian forces out of the city center, the General Staff of the Armed Forces reported in a daily update on Facebook on June 13.
They achieved this gain via an artillery-assisted assault, the Ukrainian military says.
Additionally, the invaders fired artillery at Ukrainian defensive positions near the settlements of Lysychansk, Severodonetsk, and Toshkivka.
The main efforts of the Russian army are focused on offensive operations to encircle Ukrainian troops near the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, blocking logistics routes from Bakhmut, the General Staff added.
The invaders continue to make up for their losses. More than 80 weapons and military equipment units, including heavy armored vehicles and artillery systems, were moved towards Kreminna and Starobilsk.
However, the invaders did not open combat along the Lyman axis, but continued to shell Ukrainian positions in the settlements of Mayaky, 10 km north of Slovyansk, and Serebryanka, 5 km northeast of Siverske.
On the Bakhmut axis, the Ukrainian military successfully repulsed a Russian assault in the directions of Viktorivka—Vrubivka and Komyshuvakha—Vrubivka. Meanwhile, the Russians have resumed their offensive near the settlement of Zolote. They are entrenching themselves along the Roty—Myronivka frontier. They also assaulted in the directions of Dolomitne—Kodema and Dolomitne—Novoluhanske, in order to fortify their positions and gain the high ground, but were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Russian drones were spotted conducting aerial reconnaissance in the Pokrovske area.
On the Kurakhove axis, Russian attack aircraft launched an air strike on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the Krasnohorivka area, 15 km east of Kurakhove.
On the Avdiivka, Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhya axes, the invaders fired along the line of contact in order to prevent the redeployment of Ukrainian reserves to other fronts.