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Russian units have “suffered significant manpower and equipment losses” as they attempt to advance west to the borders of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the Ukrainian military has claimed.
Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces, said in an update today: “In some areas, the number of [Russian] units, as a result of hostilities, is less than 20%.
“In the direction of Popasna, due to heavy losses and the inability to act independently, the airborne troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are teaming up with representatives of Russian private military companies for new actions. “
The ruins of Popasna fell to the Russians earlier this month. Yet troops appear to have taken little territory in the region since.
While Vladimir Putin’s men have also been trying to push south from Izium for several weeks, according to Shtupunthe, their attempts to carry out offensive and assault operations against two villages in the area have proven unsuccessful so far. now.
He also said that Russian forces north and east of the city of Kharkiv were trying to defend their positions to “prevent the advance of our troops towards the state border of Ukraine”.
They continued to focus on bombing towns and villages recently recaptured by Ukraine, Shtupun added.