Ukraine Defense Ministry: Heavy Russian shelling of Ukrainian villages reported near Kharkiv, Slovyansky and Donetsk

June 26, 2022

The one hundred twenty third (123) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a Russian military invasion continues.

In the Volyn and Polissya areas, on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, the preparation of sabotage and reconnaissance groups by separate units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation for their further actions on the territory of Ukraine is noted.

In the Siversky direction, in order to demonstrate the presence and restraint of the Defense Forces, the enemy holds separate units of the Western Military District in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions. It fired on civilian and military infrastructure near Khrinivka and Yanzhulivka.

In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy fired from tanks and artillery of various calibers at the settlements of Ruski Tyshky, Chepil, Chuhuiv, Zolochiv, and Mospanovo. It struck air strikes near Yavirske, Dementievka and Zamulivka. It tried to improve the tactical situation in the area of the Dementiyivka settlement by assault, but was unsuccessful.

The districts of Nova Dmytrivka, Dibrivne, Virnopillya, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dolyna and Ridne were shelled in the Slovyansky direction. Our soldiers successfully repulsed enemy assaults in the areas of Dolyna, Kurulka and Mazanivka.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy, with the support of artillery, tries to block the city of Lysychansk from the southern direction. It fired on civilian and military infrastructure in the Lysychansk, Verkhnokamyanka and Loskutivka districts. It struck an air strike near Vovchoyarivka. To support the offensive, the enemy strengthened the artillery group.

In the Kramatorsk direction, the occupiers did not fight actively, fired artillery at the area of the settlement of Mayaki.

In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy fired mortars, barrel and jet artillery at our positions near Mykolayivka, Berestove, Pokrovske, Kodema, and New York.

Ukrainian soldiers inflicted heavy losses on the enemy near the village of Pavlivka. After an unsuccessful assault, the occupiers withdrew.

In the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv and Zaporizhzhia directions, the enemy fired at the positions of our troops with barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Vodiane, Pisky, Marinka, Prechistivka, Huliaipilske and Bilohirya. It fired missile and artillery strikes at the civilian infrastructure of settlements in the rear areas of the defense forces.

In the South Buh area, the occupiers fired on civilian infrastructure from barrel and jet artillery in the areas of Osokorivka, Trudolyubivka, Dobryanka, Hannivka, Zorya, Blagodatne and Luch. It struck missile strikes on the infrastructure of the city of Mykolayiv.

With the support of army aircraft, the enemy tried to regain control of the settlement of Potemkin, was unsuccessful, withdrew.

The blockade of the north-western part of the Black Sea continues.

In the temporarily occupied territories, the occupation authorities continue to carry out so-called "filtration" measures against local residents. Counterintelligence measures have been intensified at checkpoints.

Ukraine's defense forces inflict losses on the enemy in all directions. Therefore, the invaders are trying in any way to avoid hostilities. Due to the refusal to return to the territory of Ukraine a significant part of the occupiers, who were taken away to restore combat capability, the command of some units banned any leave for personnel.