Russia digs in southern Ukraine, boosts “mobilization”, ISW report says

14 July, 12:06 PM
smoke rises into the sky after Russian invading forces shelled the area near Vuhledar, Donetsk Oblast (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

smoke rises into the sky after Russian invading forces shelled the area near Vuhledar, Donetsk Oblast (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Moscow has likely ordered its 85 federal regions to supply a volunteer battalion each, to be deployed to Ukraine, the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in its July 13 report.

ISW assesses this mobilization drive could produce up to 34,000 troops by late August. They are expected to undergo month-long training before deployment.

Other key takeaways from the report:

  • Russian forces conducted failed ground assaults north of Slovyansk and around Bakhmut;
  • Russian forces continued air and artillery strikes around Siversk and west of Donetsk City;
  • Russian forces continued targeting Ukrainian rail lines on the Eastern Axis;
  • Russian forces attempted limited and unsuccessful ground assaults north of Kharkiv City;
  • Russian forces prioritized defensive operations on the Southern Axis as Ukrainian forces continued targeting ammunition depots;
  • Russian occupation authorities are increasing financial incentives for civilians working in occupied Ukraine;
  • Russian occupation authorities may be setting conditions to forcibly relocate Ukrainian children in occupied territories to Crimea.
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The Battle for Donbas

Russian forces continued artillery and air strikes as well as limited ground assaults but failed to gain territory north and east of Slovyansk on July 13. Russian forces conducted failed ground assaults east of Bakhmut. Russian forces struck the Slovyansk-Lyman rail and road bridges near Raihorodok, northeast of Slovyansk on the T0514 highway.

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Fighting in Kharkiv Oblast

Russian forces continued to conduct limited and unsuccessful ground assaults northwest of Kharkiv on July 13. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Ukrainian forces repelled another Russian attack on Dementiivka.

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Фото: ISW

Southern Ukraine

Russian forces continued to undertake defensive operations across the Southern Axis amidst Ukrainian strikes on Russian ammunition depots.

The Kherson Oblast Administration reported that local residents observed Russian forces fortifying the Antoniv Bridge over the Dnipro River, just east of Kherson, which may indicate Russian preparations for Ukrainian counteroffensives all the way to Kherson. Russian forces will likely attempt to defend the bridge to preserve their access to the western bank of the Dnipro River.

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