Turnaround predicted for August: Ukraine slows Russian advances east

Recovery expected in August
Ukraine slows Russian advance in the East

Russian troops may register minor successes over the weekend. But the losses seem to outweigh the losses. A whole battalion would have refused the attack. In the second half of August, Ukraine plans to turn things around.

Ukrainian troops were able to halt the Russian advance in the east of the country with fierce resistance, but troops from Moscow are keeping up the pressure. “We are preparing for major offensives in Severodonetsk and on the Lysychansk-Bakhmut road,” Luhansk region governor Serhiy Gaiday said over the weekend. The Russian army, according to its own account, destroyed several military targets in the Donetsk region, and also attacked the western Ukrainian region of Lviv again.

Previous attempts to encircle Severodonetsk had been repelled by Ukrainian soldiers, Gajdaj said. At the same time, he described the increasingly difficult humanitarian situation in the Lugansk region: “There is absolutely no gas, no water and no electricity”. On the border with the Donetsk region, near the town of Popasna, heavy fighting is taking place.

Insubordination Report

For three weeks, Russian forces have been trying in vain to cross a river near the village of Bilohorivka. According to the governor, the Russian troops suffered heavy losses of soldiers and equipment.

The Ukrainian side learned from intercepted telephone conversations “that an entire Russian battalion refused to attack because they saw what was happening.” Aerial photos showed dozens of destroyed armored vehicles on the riverbank, as well as destroyed pontoon bridges.

commander under pressure

The British Ministry of Defense said the Russian army suffered heavy losses after Ukrainian forces repelled their attempt to cross the river. The maneuver speaks of “the pressure under which Russian commanders must advance their operations in eastern Ukraine”.

According to regional governor Maxym Kosytsky, four Russian missiles hit military infrastructure in the Lviv region near the border with Poland. According to reports, there were no casualties and the Ukrainian military claims to have destroyed two cruise missiles in the area. Lviv was last hit by Russian rockets on May 3.

New airstrikes in Lviv

According to reports from Moscow, several high-precision rockets were fired on Sunday evening at two Ukrainian command points and four artillery ammunition depots near Zaporizhia, Konstantinovka and Novomikhailovka in the Donetsk region. The Russian Air Force also destroyed two S-300 rocket launchers and a radar system in the Sumy region, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said. Russian air defense systems also destroyed 15 Ukrainian drones in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

British military intelligence assumed that Moscow was suffering heavy losses in eastern Ukraine, which is why the offensive had “lost momentum”. The Russian battle plan is “significantly behind schedule”, according to intelligence sources.

Russia “probably suffered the losses of a third of the ground combat force deployed in February,” he said. Under current conditions, Russia is unlikely to significantly accelerate its pace of progress over the next 30 days.

Success in Kharkiv

Meanwhile, Ukraine reports successes in the north of the country: according to the Ukrainian General Staff, the Russian armed forces had to withdraw from several towns northeast of the city of Kharkiv.

The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence service, Kirilo Budanov, predicted a military “turning point” in the conflict in the second half of August. Before the end of the year, the war would end in defeat for Russia, he said.

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