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Ukraine says situation in east worse as Russia steps up attacks

Volodymyr Verbianyi, Bloomberg News on

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The situation in Ukraine’s east has “worsened significantly,” with Russian troops stepping up attacks during a spell of warm and dry weather, according to Ukraine’s commander-in-chief.

Russian forces continue to advance along the Lyman, Bakhmut, and Pokrovsk axis, Oleksandr Syrskyi said Saturday on Telegram. Ukraine’s response includes deploying air defense and electronic warfare weapons to the most problematic areas, he said.

The online war monitor DeepState said Kremlin troops have captured Bohdanivka, a village within miles of their next key target in the Donetsk region. Ukraine said the village remains under its control.

Bohdanivka is less than 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Chasiv Yar, which lies on high ground and is regarded as a strategic point for Ukraine’s defense in the area to the west of Bakhmut.

If Russia takes Chasiv Yar, “they could potentially increase the rate of advance deeper into Donetsk oblast as part of an expected summer offensive,” Rob Lee, a senior fellow at the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute, said in a post on X.

President Vladimir Putin’s forces are pressing ahead in Ukraine’s east in pursuit of an occupation of entire Donetsk region, one of the goals of the Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022.


After capturing the stronghold of Bakhmut about a year ago and sustaining severe casualties in the process, Russia’s next major target is Chasiv Yar, whose elevated position makes it crucial to Ukraine’s defense of the region.

Russian forces are exploiting Ukraine’s shortages in manpower and ammunition, exacerbated by a months-long delay to approval of a U.S. military aid package worth more than $60 billion.

Ukraine’s military authorities and their Western allies are concerned that without replenishment of Kyiv’s troops and the provision of badly-needed aid, the nation’s defense may ultimately collapse.

Russia’s troops may resume a large-scale offensive, the first since 2022, this summer targeting the cities of Kharkiv in the far northeast and Odesa on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg news in February.

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