Moscow and Kyiv keep the pulse in the south and east Ukraine awaits the promised Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson and the declared Russian offensive to encircle Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. The main Ukrainian fortresses in the Donbas.
“Russian forces continue” Strengthening their positions in Zaporizhia and Kherson regions “In preparation for Ukraine’s counterattacks,” the US Institute for War Studies said in its daily report.
Russians are positioning themselves in the south
The American analytical center quoted Oleksandr Starukh, head of the Zaporizhia Military Administration. Russian forces are digging trenches in the area nuclear power plant from Zaporizhia, It is the largest of its kind in Europe and has deployed military equipment in surrounding settlements.
According to Dmytro Orlov, head of administration of the city of Energodar, Bomb settlements in the neighboring Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine, As part of a general plan aimed at deterring Ukrainian troops from an offensive in the south of the country.
To this is added information and videos posted on social networks. Allegedly, Russian forces are moving tanks and armored vehicles in the direction of Kherson to protect this area. He was punished by Ukrainian artillery, who last week damaged at least two bridges over the Dnieper.
According to the General Directorate of Military Intelligence of Ukraine (GUR)Russian forces also partially restored the work of a concrete plant in Melitopol to strengthen their defensive lines. and rebuild shooting positions and an airport in the city.
Oleksiy Arestovich, Advisor to the President of Ukraine, Russian troops receive reinforcements in this areaHe stated that they “moved artillery and aviation there, attacked our infantry advancing in this direction, and the situation was stabilized,” he said.
According to Arestovich, Russian forces They have been transferring large numbers of soldiers and equipment to Kherson for three days.Includes anti-aircraft defense systems.
“The enemy continues to defend in the direction of the Southern Bug (river).“The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is focusing its efforts on preventing the advance of our troops, noting that the Russian forces are attacking with their artillery and tanks along the entire front line,” he said.
The Ukrainian command added: The Russian Army also used its aviation around Velike Artakovo, Kaluga and Olgine.as well as performing aerial reconnaissance missions with drones.
printing in Donetsk
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian command confirmed that the Russian troops were “concentrating their main forces.” Efforts to improve tactical position and create conditions for an attack in the cities of Siversk and SoledarFrom the Donetsk region, where they “restocked up on ammunition and fuel.”
Russian troops They punished the Ukrainian defenders with their artillery in the direction of KramatorskAn important Kyiv stronghold in Donetsk, according to the Ukrainian General Staff, which confirmed airstrikes around Spirne and Serebrianka in the Bakhmut region.
“Our soldiers were successfully repelled” Enemy attacks in the Spirne areas and the Svyati Hora nature reserve and pushed the enemy back”, according to the Ukrainian command.
On your own behalf most Russian Ministry of Defense He reported that he is preparing conditions to increase his attacks in the Donetsk region, which has been declared its main target.
According to Igor Konashénkov, spokesman for the military entity, Russia attacked the Foreign Legion base in the town of Konstantinivka with high-precision missiles, an attack that could have killed more than 40 suspected mercenaries, most of them are Polish.
Moreover, Russian planes destroyed more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers and an arsenal during the shelling of the 72nd Brigade positions. all motorized in the town of Záitseve in Donetsk.
Odessa and Mykoláiv in Russian target
Meanwhile, Odessa and Mykolaiv, two important ports for the supply of Ukrainian grain to the international market, remain the target of Russia and have not ceased to harass them as part of Russia. Attempts to thwart the declared offensive against Kherson.
A tactic condemned by kyiv, While accusing Russia of “spitting in the face” of the UN and Turkey, Moscow insists on attacking military targets only, something that doesn’t hinder the Istanbul deal.
this Russian aviation launched at least 18 missiles on Tuesday morning, According to the Ukrainian regional military command, which reported damage to railway infrastructure, a car company and other civilian targets, as well as residential buildings.
The attacks came after Monday Kyiv authorities announced that grain exports by sea will resume soon, What should be predictable this week.
According to Kiev, first Black Sea ships, Within the scope of this agreement, which was signed separately by Russia and Ukraine, production will be made, which will allow approximately 3 million tons of export per month.
The Russian Defense Ministry, which claimed responsibility for the attacks, said on Tuesday that the Joint Coordination Center Ukraine’s grain exports began Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey.
The first group of Russian experts will come to Istanbul and start their work within the framework of the quad format,” he said. The military presence that will head the Russian delegation, Rear Admiral Eduard Luyk, said.
The defense stated that “the main task of the Russian experts (…) operational solution of all necessary aspects thus the enterprise enters the stage of practical realization”.