Kyiv, Apr 30 (EFE).- Russian troops continue to concentrate in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to establish full control over the provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk, according to the Ukrainian Army on Saturday, the 66th day of the Russian invasion.
The latest army report said the Russian offensive operations continue with the aim of controlling the provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk and maintaining the land corridor with Crimea.
It also accused Russia of launching air, missile and artillery attacks against civilian and military infrastructure.
It further stressed that even as the reinforcement of Russian occupation forces continued, Ukrainian positions have been maintained along the line of contact in Donbas.
The Ukrainian army claimed that 14 enemy attacks were repelled in Donetsk and Lugansk provinces in the last 24 hours, and 11 tanks, seven artillery systems, 28 armored vehicles and 14 vehicles were destroyed.
In the direction of Slobozhanshchyna in north-eastern Ukraine, Russia is concentrating its main efforts on maintaining its positions and strengthening itself by moving units from the Belgorod region to the Izyum city area.
In the direction of South Bug, Ukraine’s second largest river that empties into the Black Sea, west of Crimea in the direction of Odessa, Russia did not conduct active offensive operations, although isolated attacks on Ukrainian positions have been recorded.
According to the latest report by the Institute for the Study of War, in the United States, the Russians made limited advances west of Severodonetsk (on the banks of the Donest River in the Lugansk region) but remain stagnant south of Izyum.
As for Mariupol, the institute believes that Russian forces are likely to leave a small force in Mariupol necessary to block Ukrainian positions in Azovstal, in order to deploy greater combat power for offensive operations in other places. EFE