Invading Russian forces are concentrating their efforts on holding their front line in the South Buh area, and preventing offensives by Ukraine’s army, Ukraine’s General Staff said in a Facebook post on July 12.
The General Staff noted that in order to pin down Ukrainian troops, the enemy conducted artillery strikes in the areas of the settlements of Stepova Dolyna, Lupareve, Nova Zoria, Novohryhorivka, Liubomyrivka, Osokorivka, Olhyne, Velyka Kostromka, Karierne, Ternivka, Poliana, Kyselivka, Pervomaiske, Shevchenkove, Posad-Pokrovske, Ukrayinka and Prybuzke.
In addition, the enemy launched missile strikes near Zarichne.
The General Staff said that the enemy was continuing to station Kalibr sea-based cruise missile carriers in the Black and Azov seas, enabling it to make missile strikes on objects across the territory of Ukraine.
At the same time, the South Operational Command said that dozens of Russian soldiers had been killed and their equipment destroyed in the southern theater over the past day.
In just one day, the Ukrainian military destroyed 52️ Russian soldiers, one Msta-B howitzer, one mortar, seven pieces of armored and automotive equipment, and a warehouse with ammunition in Nova Kakhovka.
The Ukrainian military also launched missile strikes at the ammunition depots of Russian troops near Snihurivka and Liubymivka. Moreover, an enemy stronghold near Pravdyno and positions around Oleksandrivka were attacked by a Ukrainian helicopter.
The command also noted that abandoned Russian equipment in good condition and with ammunition had been found near the Potiomkine district, in particular one T-72B3 tank, two BMP-2, one BMD-2K, and one BTR-D.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on July 10 that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had ordered the military to de-occupy coastal areas in the south of the country.