Russian army yet to make any major advance to Siversk and Bakhmut, says ISW

22 July, 12:02 PM
Ukrainian gunners fire from an M777 howitzer on the front line (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Ukrainian gunners fire from an M777 howitzer on the front line (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Russian troops have continued local attacks to the east of Siversk, as well as east and south of Bakhmut since July 16, but they have not made any major territorial gains in these areas as of July 21, U.S. think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in its daily report.

Other conclusions of ISW analysts about the situation in Ukraine over the past day:

·      The current Russian operational tempo is not markedly different from the pace of Russian offensive operations during the official Russian operational pause, and Russian forces are unlikely to be able to take significant ground in the coming weeks;

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·      Russia has likely used as much as 55-60% of its stocks of high-precision weapons;

·      Russian forces continued limited ground attacks to the east of Siversk and south of Bakhmut;

·      Russian forces conducted an unsuccessful ground attack north of Kharkiv City;

·      Russian forces conducted a limited ground attack in Kherson Oblast;

·      Russian forces may be storing equipment in Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant facilities to protect it against Ukrainian strikes;

·      Russia's Murmansk Oblast is reportedly forming a volunteer battalion.

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