NATO’s big event is coming, Ukraine steps up its attack on Russia

The fact that Ukraine hit the hard defense line of many anti-tank trenches and vast minefields of Russia is “extremely bad”, because they have too few options.

Russia says many Ukrainian servicemen were killed in the fighting

Russia has carried out precision-guided weapons attacks on Ukrainian oil refineries and fuel storage facilities in the Donbas. 

On June 28, Ukraine continued to attack in the directions of Donetsk, South Donetsk, and Zaporizhia.

In the direction of Donetsk, the group of southern forces successfully repelled five Ukrainian attacks on the settlements of Artemovsk (Bakhmut), Pervomayskoye, Petrovskoye, and Veseleye in Donetsk.

More than 240 Ukrainian servicemen were killed, and two armored fighting vehicles, two pickup trucks, and a Polish-made Krab self-propelled howitzer were destroyed.

In the South-Donetsk direction, in the area of ​​​​the Vremevsky Ridge, the Vostok group of forces repelled two waves of Ukrainian attacks with forces each up to the level of motorized infantry companies in the direction of the settlement of Staromayorskoye in Donetsk.

In the direction of Zaporizhia, the Russian army continued to attack the concentration of Ukrainian reserves in the settlements of Orekhov, Malaya Tokmachka, Novodanilovka and Yabloneve in the Zaporizhia region. 

Ukraine lost up to 235 service members, 2 tanks, 3 armored fighting vehicles, 2 vehicles, D-20 and MSTA-B artillery were destroyed.

In the direction of Kupyansk, the Western group of forces caused the loss of more than 30 Ukrainian servicemen and 3 vehicles in the settlements of Sinkovka, Kislovka, Timkovka in the Kharkiv region, and Novoselovskoe in Lugansk.

In the direction of Krasnolimansky, the Center group of forces repelled two Ukrainian attacks in the settlements of Kuzmino in Luhansk and Grigorovka in Donetsk.

The 21st, 42nd, 63rd, and 67th motorized brigades and 15th Ukrainian National Guard brigade were heavily damaged by Russian fire in the settlements Chervonaya Dibrova, Nevskoye in Luhansk, Yampolovka, Terny and Grigorovka in Donetsk.

Up to 115 Ukrainian servicemen were removed from the battle, 2 armored fighting vehicles, 3 pickup trucks, 1 Grad rocket launcher, 1 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, and 1 D-30 cannon were destroyed.

In the Kherson direction, Russia destroyed a Ukrainian reconnaissance-sabotage unit as they attempted to infiltrate, capture and secure the bridgehead in the northern part of Antonovsky Island.

During the day, up to 50 Ukrainian servicemen were killed, and 3 vehicles, as well as MSTA-B, D-20, and D-30 artillery, were destroyed.

Russia neutralized 93 Ukrainian artillery units in firing positions, along with many personnel and military equipment in 134 areas.

Russia neutralized 93 Ukrainian artillery units in firing positions, along with many personnel and military equipment in 134 areas.

In the city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk, the deployment point of the temporary headquarters of the 56th Ukrainian Mechanized Infantry Brigade was attacked.

In the settlements of Predtecheno and Veseleye in Donetsk, the command and observation posts of the 63rd mechanized brigade and the 10th Ukrainian assault mountain brigade were ambushed.

Russian air defense intercepted 3 Storm Shadow long-range cruise missiles and 6 HIMARS missiles.

In total, since February 24, 2022, Russia has destroyed the following weapons of Ukraine: 444 aircraft, 240 helicopters, 4,812 UAVs, 426 anti-aircraft missile systems, 10,395 tanks and combat vehicles other armored fighting vehicles, 1,132 rockets, 5,254 artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 11,256 special military vehicles.

Ukraine stepped up the attack despite the damage

Although Ukraine’s counter-offensive operation is taking place fiercely on many fronts at the same time, in an interview with the Financial Times on June 28, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov stated that Kiev has not yet deployed most of it. reserve forces trained by the West for the most important period.

He said, “the (Ukraine) recapture of some small villages away from the main Russian defenses ‘wasn’t the main event’… When that (the big battle) happens, everyone gets it.” see”.

The reality of the battlefield shows that Ukraine is still exploring to find weaknesses in the Russian defense line from which to drill with all it has in hand.

The upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius (Lithuania) on July 11 will decide many important issues related to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian armed forces are “politically motivated” to continue their offensive in order to achieve greater victories, despite the heavy costs. Only then can Kyiv expect more military aid?

The fact that Ukraine “slaps” on the hard defense line consisting of many layers of anti-tank trenches, large minefields and the superiority of artillery fire and air force of Russia is “extremely impossible”, because they have too few options.

President Zelensky a few days ago admitted that the progress of the counter-attack was “slower than expected”. The unnamed US officials also said that the Kiev operation “did not meet expectations on any front”.

NATO strengthens the eastern flank

According to AFP, on June 28, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said: “NATO must assure the Poles and Lithuanians that as soon as a Wagner warrior sets foot on their territory, that gunman will be destroyed.” . According to him, the NATO Secretary-General should give a “face-to-face message” about Wagner at the alliance’s summit, which will take place in Lithuania on July 11-12.

Zelensky added that the security situation in northern Ukraine had not changed and remained under control after the arrival of tycoon Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin in Belarus. The Ukrainian president said that Wagner troops are still present in Lugansk and the scale of the deployment of forces to Belarus is not large.

The Guardian reported that Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed the need to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank.

“We are currently strengthening the security of the eastern flank of NATO. The transfer of Russian forces in the form of the Wagner group with its leader to Belarus is an extremely negative signal to us, which we I plan to discuss with allies,” he said.

Meanwhile, according to Reuters , Latvia and Lithuania also simultaneously called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to reinforce the bloc’s eastern border over concerns that Wagner might establish a new base in Belarus. .

Pravda quoted from the Ukrainian Air Force Command on June 28 as saying that the President of Ukraine Zelensky awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine to Colonel Serhii Yaremenko, commander of the 96th Air Defense Missile Brigade of the Air Force Command. Center for the achievement of shooting down 13 supersonic Kinzhal Russian missiles.

War developments in Ukraine on each front

Ukraine continues its large-scale counter-offensive campaign when simultaneously attacking Russian forces on many fronts. The latest developments on the Ukrainian war are being constantly updated by RVvoenkory, Rybar, and RB channels.

On the left flank of the Zaporizhia front, the Ukrainian offensive ended in failure, 3 BMP infantry fighting vehicles and 3 tanks were destroyed and many Ukrainian soldiers were removed from the battle.

Currently, Ukraine is said to be continuing to prepare for a larger offensive to break through the defenses of the Russian 19th Division in the direction of Vasilievka.

In the area of ​​​​the Vremievsky Cape, three companies of the 35th Infantry Brigade and the 128th Mountain Shock Brigade of Ukraine on several armored fighting vehicles and infantry fighting vehicles were entrenched in the area west of Staromayorsky. A little further north, the 31st Ukrainian brigade advancing from Rivnopol took positions.

In addition, a unit of 37 Ukaine marine brigade also arrived in the area.

Assessing the possible danger, Russian forces withdrew from the position between Staromayorsky and Rovnopol. Ukraine is consolidating its positions, planting mines on the approaches and has also deployed anti-tank missile batteries. 

The 88th Battalion of the 35th Ukrainian Infantry Brigade advanced towards Priyutnoye, trying to attack the flanks of the Russian defenses. At the same time, the possibility of a simultaneous Ukrainian attack from Levadny and Rovnopol cannot be ruled out.

In the Orekhov region , Ukrainian units continue to attack the positions of Russian troops. Pyatikhatki is still in the gray zone. At night, Ukraine tried to sortie to Zherebyanki on a company scale, after losing 2 infantry fighting vehicles, the assault force withdrew.

Ukraine is also trying to attack to get a high score of 137.8 in the north of Rabotino but has not been successful.

In the direction of Kherson, Ukraine continued to hold the Antonovsky bridgehead, Russia used TOS-1A thermobaric rocket artillery to shoot at this position, but the enemy soldiers remained under the bridge and were then reinforced by motor boats. .

In the direction of Kremennaya, in the village of Chervonaya Dibrova, two Ukrainian 67th and 100th brigades launched four attacks with the support of infantry fighting vehicles. The Russian army repelled these attacks. At the Serebryansky Forest Enterprise, Russian special forces discovered and destroyed a group of Ukrainian soldiers.

Meanwhile, at Torskoye, the offensive points of the 42nd and 63rd Ukrainian brigades were detected by Russian reconnaissance, indicating the target for the TOS-1A thermobaric rocket artillery to fire and destroy. Russian Air Force Su-34 fighter jets bombed three Ukrainian deployments at Nevsky and Novolyubovka.

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