Russian invaders regrouping troops for offensive on Slovyansk and Siversk, says Ukraine's General Staff

11 June, 12:55 PM
Ukrainian military near the front line in Donetsk oblast (illustrative photo) (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko/File Photo)

Ukrainian military near the front line in Donetsk oblast (illustrative photo) (Photo:REUTERS/Serhii Nuzhnenko/File Photo)

Invading Russian forces are regrouping troops and replenishing ammunition and fuel supplies in preparation for an offensive on the towns of Slovyansk and Siversk in the Donbas, Ukraine's General Staff said in a Facebook post on June 11.

"(The enemy) is conducting assault operations in the direction of Pasika – Bohorodychne. It is successful, (and is) trying to gain a foothold on the northwestern outskirts of Bohorodychne," the Ukrainian military said.

It is noted that in the Volyn and Polissya directions up to seven battalions of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus continue to carry out tasks to strengthen the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions.

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The General Staff said that Belarus had extended the terms of these tasks, namely: to carry out an inspection of the combat readiness of the Belarusian armed forces until June 18, as well as closing airspace over the southern part of Belarus until July 8.

In the Siversky area, the enemy continues to hold up to three battalion tactical groups from the Western Military District on the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions.

In the Kharkiv area, the enemy's main efforts are focused on defending and preventing a further advance of Ukrainian troops to the state border.

The General Staff says that in the Severodonetsk area, the enemy is advancing in the direction of Novotoshkivske – Orikhove.

"(The enemy) has had partial success, is gaining a foothold on the northern outskirts of the village of Orikhove, (and) is continuing to carry out assault operations in the town of Severodonetsk," the report says.

In the Bakhmut area, the invaders are regrouping in order to attack Mykolaivka and Komyshuvakha.

In the Avdiyivka, Kurakhove, Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhya areas, the enemy is actively using aircraft and artillery to prevent Ukrainian troops from transferring reserves to other directions.

In the South Buh area, the aggressor focuses on conducting positional defense.

"The enemy is taking measures to improve the fortification equipment in the second and third lines of defense, fortified checkpoints made of reinforced concrete structures are located near the bridges across the North Crimean Canal," the military said.

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