Russian offensive slows on all axes except Severodonetsk — ISW

19 June, 11:08 AM
Smoke rises over Azot plant in Severodonetsk after occupation troops' strike on June 10 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Smoke rises over Azot plant in Severodonetsk after occupation troops' strike on June 10 (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Russia's offensive in Donbas has stalled on almost all axes of advance in recent days, said the U.S.-based conflict think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), in their daily assessment on June 19.

Their report notes that the Russian occupiers have made limited progress only on the outskirts of Severodonetsk and in the Metiolkino area.

On other axes, the Russian army has suffered heavy losses in both men and material, which makes further advances on other critical fronts impossible for the moment.

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The ISW noted that the invaders will be able to completely capture Severodonetsk only if they concentrate most of their forces there, meaning they would need to draw back their units to other areas of the country.

The Russian military is also trying to push back the Ukrainian Armed Forces north of Kharkiv and in southern Ukraine, but to no avail.

Earlier, the Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Hayday said that fierce fighting in Severodonetsk continues. The Russian invaders are pulling in all their reserves in an attempt to finally capture the city.

"The situation is quite precarious, but our defenders have a strong defense and are fighting for every home,” Hayday stated.

“Sometimes, in fact, the battle can last all day for one high-rise building.”

According to him, dozens of Russian invaders are dying in street battles every day.

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