Russians trying to advance on Slovyansk and regain lost ground near Kherson, ISW report says

8 July, 04:31 PM
Ukrainian military examines the remains of a Russian missile in Kramatorsk, July 7 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Ukrainian military examines the remains of a Russian missile in Kramatorsk, July 7 (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Russian forces are still conducted limited ground offensives and air, artillery, and missile strikes across all axes, despite a spokesman saying the invasion force had started an operational pause.

Overview maps of Russia’s ongoing campaign in eastern and southern Ukraine were published by U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in its daily war report on July 7.

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Igor Konashenkov announced on July 7 that Russian forces in Ukraine are pausing to rest and regain their combat capabilities, confirming ISW’s assessment that Russian forces have initiated an operational pause. Konashenkov did not specify the intended length of Russian forces’ operational pause.

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Nevertheless, Russian forces continued offensive operations near the Kharkiv-Donetsk Oblast border toward Slovyansk. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian forces conducted an unsuccessful assault on Bohorodychne, about 20 kilometers northwest of Slovyansk. Russian forces also shelled several settlements northwest of Slovyansk, including Sulyhivka, Adamivka, Krasnopillya, Mazanivka, Dibrovne, and Dolyna.

Russian forces additionally conducted limited artillery strikes to the south of Barvinkove, and fired on Nikopol and Novopavlivka. These strikes may suggest that Russian forces are seeking to bypass Barvinkove to the east and either move toward the E40 Izyum-Slovyansk highway to advance southeast toward Slovyansk, or move directly southeast from Barvinkove toward Kramatorsk. Russian forces conducted a missile strike directly on Kramatorsk on July 7.

Russian forces continued efforts to advance west toward Siversk from the Lysychansk area and made marginal gains near the Luhansk-Donetsk Oblast border on July 7. Head of Luhansk regional administration Serhiy Hayday reported that Russian and Ukrainian troops continued to fight around Verkhnokamyanka, about 15 kilometers directly east of Siversk. Russian forces also unsuccessfully attempted to advance in the direction of Hryhorivka (10 kilometers northeast of Siversk) and Verkhnomayanske (5 kilometers directly east of Siversk).

Russian forces continued offensive operations to the south and east of Bakhmut on July 7. The Ukrainian General Staff stated that Russian forces attempted to improve their tactical positions in Vershyna, 12 kilometers southeast of Bakhmut.

Russian forces did not conduct any confirmed ground attacks in the Avdiivka-Donetsk City area and fired on Ukrainian positions along the line of contact on July 7.

Russian forces attempted a limited ground assault north of Kharkiv City on July 7. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Ukrainian forces repelled a Russian offensive in the direction of Sosnivka, 8 kilometers from the international border.

Russian forces otherwise focused on maintaining their positions and repelling Ukrainian counterattacks. Russian forces shelled Slatyne, Mala Danylivka, Ruski Tyshky, Vesele, Kutuzivka, and Kharkiv City.

Russian forces attempted limited ground assaults to retake lost positions in Kherson Oblast on July 7. Ukrainian forces reportedly repelled platoon-sized and smaller Russian reconnaissance-in-force operations in Dobryanka, Myrolyubivka, and Potemkyne along the T2207 highway in northern Kherson Oblast on July 6 and 7.

Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command also reported that Russian forces launched 12 Kalibr high-precision cruise missiles at Mykolaiv City and Ochakiv, Mykolaiv Oblast from positions in occupied Kherson Oblast, likely targeting Ukrainian maritime infrastructure in both cities.

Ukrainian jets and air defense forces engaged a Russian Su-35 fighter jet as it launched missiles over Odesa Oblast, successfully intercepting the missile and forcing the jet to withdraw.

The Ukrainian Resistance Center reported that Ukrainian partisans blew up a railway bridge about 25 kilometers north of Melitopol between Novobohdanivka and Troitske on July 7, likely further obstructing Russian resupply efforts from Crimea to the Zaporizhzhya Oblast front line.

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