According to the Ukrainian army, Russian troops are conducting an offensive towards Sloviansk, a major city in the Donetsk region.
The offensive includes heavy shelling on the Ukrainian defenses, the general staff said in its daily update.
The enemy has fired at the units of our troops on the border between Lyman and Siversk to dislodge them from their positions and to create conditions for the attack on Sloviansk,” it said.
Some analysts say Russian forces have made modest gains in the region over the past week, but Lyman remains in Ukrainian hands.
The General Staff said Russian troops attacked numerous towns in the Luhansk region and attempted to improve their positions around the town of Popasna by moving a tactical battalion group from Mariupol.
In all, 10 attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk had been repulsed and Ukrainian forces had destroyed a wide variety of Russian hardware, it claimed.
“The enemy has deployed additional surface-to-air missile systems in the temporarily occupied areas of the Luhansk and Zaporizhzhya regions,” it said.
Serhiy Hayday, head of Luhansk’s military administration, said three people were killed in Luhansk when heavy shelling continued in Lysychansk, Zolote and Popasna.
Heavy sustained shelling prevented a full-fledged evacuation, he said.
In areas of southern Ukraine where fighting continues, Russian forces have been looking for weaknesses in Ukrainian defenses south of Mykolaiv as they try to extend control to the entire Kherson region, which borders Crimea, it said. the General Staff.
Heavy fighting has also taken place in parts of southern Zaporizhzhya. The regional command said on Monday that “the enemy tried to break through in small groups with the support of armored vehicles, tanks and artillery, but failed.”
The towns of Polohy and Orikhiv were among the targets of shelling.
It also alleged that Russian troops forced farmers “under the barrels of machine guns” to sell grain at a steep discount.
There is also an increase in attacks on grain stores and elevators.
Valentyn Reznichenko, head of Dnipropetrovsk’s state regional administration, said Monday that a grain warehouse in Synelnykove district had been destroyed.