Russia destroys bridges into Sievierodonetsk in final push to take key Ukrainian city
Ukrainian civilians take part in tactical training in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday to learn military skills amid the Russian invasion. June 12 (UPI) -- Russian troops have destroyed two of the three bridges into Sievierodonetsk in a final push to take control of the key city in eastern Ukraine. "Fight now, the orcs are firing artillery at the last third overpass to the city, the Russians are throwing all their forces to 'cut off' Sievierodonetsk. Sievierodonetsk is the last remaining urban center in the Luhansk oblast of Ukraine, which makes up the larger Donbas region with the oblast of Donetsk. Experts have said Putin will try to annex Donbas region into Russia in coming months. Sievierodonetsk sits across the Seversky Donets River from the smaller sister city of Lysychansk which has also been under constant Russian shelling.
Haidai said on Sunday that the Azot chemical plant, which Ukrainians still control, "is constantly under fire" on the Sievierodonetsk side of the river. The British Defense Ministry said in an intelligence update Sunday that Russia "is using its overmatch in force ratio and artillery to gradually seize territory in and around Sievierodonetsk. "Russia continues to seek to generate more combat units to deploy to Ukraine. The British Defense Ministry noted that most brigades normally only commit a maximum of two of their three battalions to operations at any one time because third battalions are often not fully staffed. "Russia will likely have to rely on new recruits or mobilized reservists to deploy these units to Ukraine," the intelligence update reads. "Deploying all three of their battalions simultaneously will likely reduce formations' longer-term capacity to regenerate combat power after operations.
The Institute for the Study of War, a think tank based in Washington, D. The think tank cited comments made by Vadym Skibitsky, deputy head of the Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate, in suggesting that Russia is "further adjusting its military objectives in an attempt to correct the initial deficiencies in the invasion of Ukraine. Skibitsky said Ukrainian intelligence officials have received confirmed information that Russian forces "have extended their war planning for the next 120 days" -- likely taking the war into at least October 2022, according to the think tank. Russian forces will adjust its war plan depending on whether it continues its successes in Donbas, Skibitsky said. Russian missiles also struck the western Ukrainian city of Chortkiv in the Ternopil region late Saturday, the head of the Ternopil Military Administration Volodymyr Trush said in a statement to Telegram as reported by the Kyiv Post. Trush said that 22 people were injured including children and that the missiles destroyed a military target as well as four homes.
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