Russian troops on Thursday probably reached the southern outskirts of Lisichansk. But even if they are able to drive the Ukrainian Armed Forces out of the city, this will not provide Russia with a decisive advantage in the further offensive, as well as the possible capture of Severodonetsk. This is stated in report Washington Institute for the Study of War.
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“These successes are unlikely to provide Russian forces with a decisive advantage in further operations in Ukraine and further weaken Russia’s capabilities,” analysts said.
The General Staff of Ukraine confirmed that the Russians captured the villages of Ray-Aleksandrovka and Loskutovka south of Lysychansk. This allows them to attack the city from the south without having to cross the Seversky Donets.
Analysts suggest that Russian troops may be shelling significant sections of both main exits from Lisichansk – to Bakhmut and Seversk.
At the same time, the Russian army is strengthening its grouping on the territory of Severodonetsk in order to complete its capture, and, probably, is completing the encirclement of Zolote and Gorny. So far, the Ukrainian General Staff has not confirmed the occupation of these settlements, so the ISW believes that the fighting for them is still ongoing.
- The Ministry of Defense believes that the Russian army has a task completely capture the Lugansk region until June 26. Currently, about 95% of the region is under the occupation of the Russian Federation.
- On June 23, the head of the Lugansk OVA, Sergei Gaidai, said that the Russians had thrown all their forces to occupy the Lugansk region in the near future. Fighting continues on all fronts. He does not rule out that the Ukrainian forces will soon will have to leave Severodonetsk.
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