According to the Ukrainian military, Russian forces continue to shell the “entire line of contact” in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces said on Friday that Russian troops were also trying to carry out air strikes in some areas.
The Izium region of eastern Ukraine, located in the Kharkiv region, has become a battleground for Russian forces as they try to pass through neighboring Donetsk and Luhansk. The Ukrainian military says no offensive has taken place in the region in recent hours.
“The main focus was on reconnaissance, identifying the defensive positions of the units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces and targeting them with artillery,” the General Staff said.
Further south-east, “to prevent the re-deployment of our troops, the enemy is shelling positions along the entire line of contact with artillery, mortars and numerous rocket launchers,” he added.
The General Staff also claimed that Ukrainian troops on Thursday “repulsed nine enemy attacks, destroyed six tanks, one artillery, twenty armored vehicles” in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Russian route intersection: CNN reported on Thursday that a major bridge in southern Ukraine, which connects Russian-occupied Crimea with the Ukrainian city of Militia, has been destroyed. Militia has been under Russian occupation since early March.
Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov confirmed on Ukrainian television that Ukrainian special forces were responsible for cutting the main bridge.
“Yesterday, a special operation by our troops blew up the bridge, which was of great logistical importance to the occupiers, because with the help of this bridge, the military equipment was able to reach the stations of Militopol and Novobodanyuka,” he said. Used to deliver. “
Fedorov also accused the Russian occupiers of “mass kidnapping” and said they were “kidnapping” men of recruiting age. This allegation cannot be independently verified.