Up to 50 Russian battalion tactical groups fight in Donbas – analysis

Russia has attacked ten settlements in the Donetsk region in one day
Russian forces operating along the Izyum-Sievierodonetsk-Bakhmut triangle pushed against Ukrainian defenses on the outskirts of Sievierodonetsk but were repulsed, the Ukrainian military said.
The Luhansk regional governor reported chaotic Russian shelling across Sievierodonetsk all day yesterday, killing at least a dozen civilians and injuring over 40.
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South of Sievierodonetsk, around Popasna, Russian forces advanced north, west and south simultaneously, claiming new limited gains.
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Ukraine's General Staff said this morning that fighting was ongoing near the villages of Volodymyrivka and Vasylivka, several kilometers from the main Sievierodonetsk/Lysychansk-Bakhmut road.
A map of hostilities in Donbass Ukraine war map
Further south, around the city of Donetsk (towards Avdiyivka and Kurakhove), Russian offensives were also repulsed, while according to the Ukrainian military there were no active Russian operations on the Izyum-Slovyansk and Lyman-Slovyansk axes.
Overall, the combat pattern along the Donbass front remains unchanged in that Russian forces continue to make small territorial gains by exploiting their numerical and material superiority, but are constantly being exhausted by the Ukrainian defenses.
There has been more criticism of Russia's offensive strategy on Russian social media.
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"The war of attrition in Donbass continues, and the strategic impasse for the Russian army (while the Ukrainian army is buying time) is becoming more pronounced," said Igor Strelkov (Girkin), a former FSB officer who has been behind much of pro-Russian politics orchestrated the riots in Donbass in 2014, wrote on his Telegram channel.

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