Russian forces may try to cross Siverskyi Donets River again due to the low water levels, Hayday says

12 June, 01:47 PM
Previous attempts to cross the Siverskyi Donets ended in significant losses for the invaders. Photo taken on May 12, 2022 (Photo:Ukrainian Airborne Forces Command / Handout via REUTERS)

Previous attempts to cross the Siverskyi Donets ended in significant losses for the invaders. Photo taken on May 12, 2022 (Photo:Ukrainian Airborne Forces Command / Handout via REUTERS)

Water levels in the Siverskyi Donets river have dropped due to hot weather, and the Russian invasion force might attempt another crossing in the near future, the Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Hayday has said.

“For the second week, the weather has been hot, sunny, no rain,” Hayday wrote on social networks on June 11.

“The water level in the river has dropped significantly. We even see Russian equipment that sank while trying to cross in Belohorovka. That is, the river has already dropped somewhere about three meters – or even more. Perhaps, there will be (more Russian) attempts to cross the river and make a new foothold in the area of ​​Belohorovka.”

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According to Hayday, Popasna, Toshkivka and Severodonetsk remain the areas of the fiercest battles. Heavy fighting is taking place on the streets of Severodonetsk. The city is under heavy artillery fire from the Russian invaders, after which the enemy advances with armored vehicles, he said.

Hayday said that the Russians had for several hours been shelling the positions of the Ukrainian military on the territory of the Azot chemical plant. As a result of an oil leak a, a large-scale fire has broken out in the area.

According to the General Staff, as of June 11, Ukrainian soldiers are successfully resisting enemy assaults in Severodonetsk. As of June 11, a third of the city is under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russian invaders have already made unsuccessful attempts to conduct assault crossing of Siverskyi Donets. In one incident in mid-May, as a result of attack by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on a pontoon bridge, the invaders lost more than 80 units of military equipment and about 480 military personnel.

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