Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian force advances in direction of Izium, eastern Ukraine, as threat grows of Russian military action in neighboring Moldova 

April 26, 2022

The sixty-second day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues. A russian federation continues its full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.

Russian enemy continues to carry out offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to defeat the Joint Forces, establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and maintain the land route with the occupied Crimea.

Russian enemy continues to launch missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian infrastructure.

In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy groups from the 6th Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District, the coastal troops of the Baltic and Northern Fleets continue to partially block Kharkiv and fire on it.

In the Izium direction, russian enemy units and subdivisions of the 1st Tank Army, the 20th and 35th Combined Arms Armies, the 68th Army Corps and the Airborne Forces, supported by artillery, are advancing in the direction of Barvinkove. In order to reconnoiter the positions of Ukrainian troops, russian enemy continues to use UAVs in this area.

In the areas of the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, russian occupiers continue to hold field camps to restore combat readiness and train units. According to available information, up to five battalion tactical groups of russian enemy are in the immediate vicinity of the state border of Ukraine in this area.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy is taking active action along almost the entire line of contact. The main efforts are focused on taking control of Rubizhne, Popasna and Marinka.

In the Severodonetsk direction, as part of the regrouping of troops in the direction of Kreminna, russian occupiers moved to a tank battalion from the 90th Tank Division, as well as a pontoon-bridge unit from the 12th separate engineering brigade of the Central Military District.

To develop the offensive in the direction of the settlement of Lyman, russian enemy is building up a group of troops.

russian invaders do not stop artillery shelling and air strikes on Mariupol. The blocking of units of our troops in the area of the Azovstal plant continues.

In the South Buh and Tavriya directions russian enemy continues to hold the occupied frontier, in some areas it tries unsuccessfully to improve the tactical position, improves the engineering equipment of its positions and carries out shelling of positions of our armies.

In the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, units of the operational group of russian troops have been put on alert "Full", the security forces have been transferred to a reinforced mode of service.

In the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions, certain units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus perform tasks to strengthen the protection of the Ukrainian-belarusian border.

Ukrainian defenders are defending themselves and continue to systematically inflict losses on the russian occupiers.