Invading Russian forces are continuing their unsuccessful attempts to find and exploit vulnerabilities in Ukraine’s defensive operation in Severodonetsk, a major city in Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine’s General Staff said in its latest update on Facebook on June 9.
The enemy continues to shell the positions of Ukraine’s troops in the Donbas area with mortars, artillery and multiple rocket launchers, the General Staff said.
Besides shelling the positions of troops, the Russians are also targeting civil infrastructure, causing damage to it around the towns of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Pryvillya, Ustynivka, Girske and Katerynivka, Ukraine’s command reports.
Toshkivka, a town near Severodonetsk, was hit by Russian aircraft ahead of what was supposed to have been the first stage of a further Russian advance. However, the Russians were pushed back.
Near Katerynivka, there was a similar scenario: The Ukrainian army halted an offensive by Russian troops, who had to retreat.
Ukrainian servicemen positioned near the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, were the focus of another Russian artillery attack, which included all types of rocket launchers in the enemy arsenal. That action took place close to the settlements of Komyshuvaha, Mykolayivka, Berestove, Bilogorivka, Semygirya and Mayorske.
Russian aviation activity has intensified. Their aircraft bombed Verkhnyokamyanka, Zolote, Berestove, Slovyansk and New York.
After the aerial attack, the Russian army tried to advance. They moved on with attempts to invade Rota, Mykolayivka and Komyshuvaha.
Ukrainian troops increased the intensity of their own actions in the Donbas area, which led to numerous losses in the Russian army. As a result, Russian commanders had to relocate two mechanized brigades of the 1st Army Corps deeper in the east, allowing them to replace their losses.
Meanwhile, the area closer to Avdiyivka, Kurakhove, Novopavlivske and Zaporizhya has been mostly silent for the past day. Russian troops are not attempting to advance there, but continue to use artillery to target the front line.