Anti-Russian sentiment in the occupied territories of Ukraine leads to Russian and pro-Russian officials being targeted, UK Ministry of Defense said in the latest intelligence update on Twitter on July 13.
The ministry's report mentions that the Russian-appointed administration of the village of Velykiy Burluk in Kharkiv Oblast admitted that local council head and collaborator Yevhen Yunakov, died in a car blast on July 11.
“The targeting of officials is likely to escalate, exacerbating the already significant challenges facing the Russian occupiers and potentially increasing the pressure on already reduced military and security formations,” the report said.
According to the ministry, Russia continues to undermine the legitimacy of the Ukrainian state and strengthen its own governance and administrative control over the occupied parts of Ukraine. The latest examples of that were the patronage of Russian cities and regions over Ukrainian ones in order to develop post-war administrations, as well as Putin's decree on a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship by Ukrainians.
Regarding the situation at the front, the British Ministry of Defense noted that in the coming week the Russian invading troops would concentrate on the assault on Siversk and Dolyna, Donetsk Oblast.
In this way they are trying to prepare for an attack on Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, which "probably remain the principal objectives for this phase of the operation."