Kyiv, Jun 13 (EFE).- The Russian army, with the support of artillery, conducted assault operations in the strategic city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, and is focusing on encircling the remaining Ukrainian troops in the area, the Ukrainian armed forces said Monday.
The Russians had “partial success” in pushing Ukrainian troops away from the city’s center while fighting continues, the General Staff of the Ukrainian armed forces said in its latest report.
“In the Donetsk direction, the occupying forces are focusing on offensive operations to encircle our troops in the areas of Siverodonetsk and Lysychansk, and to block logistics routes from Bakhmut,” another city in the area, the report added.
“It (the Russian army) moved more than 80 weapons and military equipment, including heavy armored vehicles and artillery systems, to the settlements of Kreminna and Starobilsk,” also near Severodonetsk, the Ukrainian armed forces said.
In the Kharkiv region, neighboring Donetsk, and whose capital is Ukraine’s second largest city, the “enemy units continue to focus their main efforts on conducting positional defense and preventing the further advance of our troops to the state border of Ukraine.”
In this area, the Russians “carried out assault operations in the direction of Ternov – Izbytske, had partial success, established itself on its northern outskirts” and “remotely mined possible routes of deployment of our units in the area of the settlement of Petrivka, 20 km east of Stary Saltiv” according to the report.
In the direction of Slovyansk, another of Moscow’s objectives in the Donetsk region, the Russians “focused their efforts on storming the settlements of Dolyna and Bohorodychne, but were unsuccessful. The enemy, as part of the logistics of troops, replaced more than 100 units of damaged armored vehicles,” the General Staff said.
The Russian army is also blocking civil navigation in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, it added. EFE