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Frontline situation escalating, Russia aiming to seize strategic initiative, Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief

Frontline situation escalating, Russia aiming to seize strategic initiative, Ukraine's Commander-in-Chief Photo: Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (Getty Images)

Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi describes the situation on the front as escalating. The Russian Federation is attempting to seize the strategic initiative on the battlefield.

"The situation on the front has intensified. Attempting to seize the strategic initiative and break through the front line, the enemy has concentrated its main efforts in several directions, creating a significant advantage in forces and means," Syrskyi explained.

According to the Commander-in-Chief, the enemy is actively attacking across the entire front line, achieving tactical success in some directions.

Syrskyi explained that there is currently a dynamic change in the situation, with separate positions changing hands several times throughout the day, leading to an ambiguous understanding of the situation.

What is happening on the front

In the Luhansk region, the enemy is trying to take advantage of its superiority in the air, missiles, and the quantity of artillery ammunition. Its main task is to reach the administrative border of the Luhansk region.

The main directions of enemy concentration in the Kupiansk direction include the villages of Stelmakhivka and Berestove.

The enemy had partial success there but was stopped by Ukrainian units. Additionally, the Russian troops continue to advance toward the village of Terny in the Lyman direction, attempting to displace the Ukrainian Defense Forces beyond the Chornyi Zherebets River. However, they have not succeeded here.

In the Siversk direction, the enemy is advancing in the areas of Bilohorivka and Rozdolivka, attempting to break through and block Siversk to create conditions for further advance toward Slovyansk. However, according to Syrskyi, the enemy has not succeeded, and its advance in this direction has been halted.

In the Kramatorsk direction, the hottest points are Ivanivske and Chasiv Yar. Additionally, the enemy is trying to regain control of Klishchiivka and reach the line along the Siverskyi Donets-Donbas canal.

Most difficult situation on the front

The most complex situation is in the Pokrovsk and Kurakhove directions, where fierce battles continue.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports that the enemy has engaged up to four brigades in these directions, attempting to advance westward of Avdiivka and Maryinka, breaking through to Pokrovsk and Kurakhove.

Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, while preserving the lives and health of our defenders, have moved to new positions west of Berdychiv, Semenivka, and Novomykhailivka. Overall, the enemy has achieved certain tactical successes in these directions but has not gained an operational advantage.

The Ukrainian forces are inflicting maximum losses on the enemy, both in personnel and military equipment. To strengthen defense in these directions, units that have suffered losses are being replaced, and brigades that have restored combat capability are being moved.

Tense situation

Syrskyi noted that the situation remains tense in the south, in the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. In the Novopavlivka direction, the enemy is attempting to advance in the area of Staramaiorske, in the Orikhiv direction - in the areas of Robotyne and Verbove, and in the Kherson direction - it still hopes to dislodge Ukrainian troops from Krynky.

The enemy has not succeeded in any of these directions. Moreover, in the Kherson direction, Ukrainian units have managed to advance in the area of Veletenske and establish control over Nestryha Island.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have also managed to improve their tactical position in the area of Synkivka (Kupiansk direction) and Serebrianske Forestry (Lyman direction).

Northern Ukraine

According to Syrskyi, the enemy continues shelling border settlements in the Sumy and Chernihiv regions and conducts sabotage and reconnaissance activities.

There are no signs of immediate preparation for offensive actions in northern Ukraine.

"However, we are monitoring the increase in the number and regrouping of enemy forces in the Kharkiv direction. On the most threatening directions, our troops are reinforced with artillery and tank units," said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Training and rotation of military personnel

Syrskyi explained that the rotation of military units continues to organize rest for personnel and restore the combat capability of our military units.

Additionally, the training of personnel in special centers continues, with the main emphasis on quality and proficiency in weapon handling.

"Work on fortifying defensive lines and positions continues. Work is also underway with partners to obtain means of attack, weapons, and military equipment as quickly as possible," he added.

Recall that British Defense Minister Leo Docherty assessed the losses suffered by the Russian Federation over two years of full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Official statistics on Russian losses from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine can be found in the article.