Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian force install pontoon bridges across Siversky Donets River to funnel more troops to the Izyum front

April 29, 2022

The sixty-fifth 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.

In the Volyn and Polissya areas, certain units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus continue to carry out tasks to strengthen the section of the Ukrainian-belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions. An inspection of the readiness of the aviation component of the regular forces and means of the air defense system of the republic of belarus was noted.

The threat of missile and bomb strikes on the objects of Ukraine from the territory of the republic of belarus remains.

In the Siversky direction, russian enemy, by keeping the appropriate set of troops, is trying to prevent the movement of reserves of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the Siversky direction to the Eastern Operational Zone. In the areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions bordering Ukraine, russian enemy deployed part of the units to restore combat capability.

In the future, it is possible that the enemy will demonstrate and provoke in the areas adjacent to the state border of Ukraine. In particular, there is a possibility of shelling of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine and infrastructure in the border areas.

In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy group of the 6th Combined Arms Army, the coastal troops of the Baltic and Northern Fleets is focusing on maintaining positions in the area north and southeast of Kharkiv, trying to deploy additional artillery units.

In the Izium direction, russian enemy is operating with units of the 1st Tank Army, the 20th Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District, the 35th Combined Arms Army, the 68th Army Corps of the Eastern Military District and the Airborne Troops. The russian enemy's main efforts are focused on conducting reconnaissance and inflicting fire damage on units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

To ensure additional transfer of troops in the Izyum direction, russian occupiers provide additional pontoon-bridge crossings across the Siversky Donets River.

In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, enemy units are trying to launch an offensive in the Lyman, Severodonetsk, and Popasna directions. russian enemy continues to try to establish full control over the settlements of Rubizhne and Popasna and is preparing to advance on Severodonetsk. russian enemy continues artillery shelling of our troops.

In the Kurakhiv direction, the occupiers' groups were reinforced by additional artillery units from the 1st Army Corps.

In the Mariupol direction, russian enemy continued to launch air strikes on Mariupol. It focused its main efforts on blocking the units of Ukrainian troops in the area of ​​the Azovstal plant, and also transferred some units from the Mariupol to the Kurakhiv direction.

russian enemy continues to launch air and missile strikes to destroy civilian infrastructure and disrupt the logistics of our troops. In order to clarify the position of the units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, russian enemy conducted air reconnaissance using the Orlan-10 UAV. It continues to lose this reconnaissance equipment.

In the South Buh and Bessarabian directions, russian enemy is trying to fight with the available forces in order to improve its tactical position. Continues to regroup, increases the system of fire damage, improves the engineering equipment of positions.

As part of the increase in the system of logistics of the troops, russian occupiers deployed assembly points for damaged vehicles and points for repair and restoration of equipment.

In the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, russian rederation continues to disseminate information through pro-kremlin media about the threat to the population of the region from Ukraine. In particular, there are reports of another case of Ukrainian UAVs being used over ammunition depots.

Defenders of Ukraine hold certain defensive lines, destroy the enemy, continue to move deep into the occupied territories and liberate settlements.