Ukraine says Russian forces focus their offensive around the city of Izium

A Ukrainian soldier in Bucha, outside of kyiv, Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldier in Bucha, outside of kyiv, Ukraine – Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images via / DPA

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The Ukrainian Armed Forces stressed on Thursday that Russian forces are focusing their efforts around the city of Izium (east) and added that “the Russian enemy is increasing the pace of its offensive operations” in the east of the country. .

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“The Russian enemy continues to carry out offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone to defeat the Joint Forces, establish full control of the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, and maintain a land route to occupied Crimea,” the Russian official said. General Staff of the Ukrainian Army.

Thus, he has stated in a message on his account on the social network Facebook that “in almost all directions, the occupants are launching intense fire”, with “the greatest activity around the directions of Slobozhanski and Donetsk”. In the case of Donetsk, “the Russian enemy continues to carry out active actions on the line of contact.”

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On the other hand, he has estimated at “about 22,800” the number of Russian soldiers killed in combat since the start of the war –400 more than the previous day– and has indicated that 970 battle tanks have been destroyed so far, 431 artillery systems and 151 self-propelled and armored multiple rocket launchers.

Finally, he pointed out that 72 anti-aircraft defense systems, 187 planes, 155 helicopters, 1,688 vehicles, eight boats, 76 fuel tanks and 215 drones have also been destroyed during the hostilities.

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