Russia’s invasion force has made little progress north of Slovyansk, and are likely to face difficulties in assaulting the city due to the tactical problem of crossing the Siverskyi Donets river, U.S. think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has said.
The ISW noted in its June 9 Russian campaign assessment report that Russian forces were attempting to advance on Slovyansk from the southeast of Izyum. They are probably trying to use their control over the area around Svyatohirsk to move towards Slovyansk, the ISW said.
ISW said that Russian attempts to advance into Slovyansk are likely to be hampered by the Siverskyi Donets river, which they will have to cross north (near Sviatohirsk-Tetianivka) and east of Slovyansk (near Raihorodka) to advance into the city.
Russian forces continued ground, air, and artillery attacks east of Bakhmut, and on June 9 saw some gradual success. In particular, Russian forces achieved partial success in Komyshuvakha and Roty. In addition, Russian forces continued their so-far unsuccessful attacks on Nahirne and Mykolaivka.