Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian forces ramp up artillery attacks to block Ukrainian advances
June 28, 2022
The one hundred twenty fifth (125) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a Russian military invasion continues.
In the Siversky direction, aggressor fired from barrel artillery and jet artillery in the areas of Pokrovka, Starykove, Porozok and Verkhnya Pozhnya, Sumy oblast. Conducted aerial reconnaissance of the positions of our Orlan-10 UAVs in the border areas of Chernihiv oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, the main group of enemy troops focuses on preventing the advance of our troops to the state border of Ukraine, continues to conduct assault operations to improve the tactical situation and restrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces.
The enemy launched an air strike near the settlement of Yavirske and fired artillery at elements of the infrastructure near the settlements of Kharkiv, Ruska Lozova, Staryi Saltiv, Peremoha, Chepil and Milova.
Ukrainian soldiers successfully repulsed the assault of the enemy in the direction of Dovhalivka - Zaliman. The occupiers withdrew.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy attacked Dovhenke-Dolyna and created conditions for an attack on Slovyansk. The main efforts are focused on continuing the offensive in the direction of Izyum - Slovyansk.
It fired at the positions of our troops with artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Conducted aerial reconnaissance of UAVs near the village of Hrushuvakha. Our defenders resolutely stopped the enemy's attempt in the direction of Dovhenke - Dolyna and pushed the enemy back.
The enemy did not take active action in the Kramatorsk direction. It carried out artillery shelling of the Mayaky and Tetyanivka settlements from barrel artillery.
In the Lysychansk direction, in order to inflict losses, the occupiers, in addition to using mortars and artillery, launched air strikes in the areas of Mykolayivka and Yakovlivka.
The enemy is storming Vovchoyarivka, the southern outskirts of the Lysychansk oil refinery, and fighting continues.
The enemy does not give up hope to take control of the Bakhmut-Lysychansk highway. In order to expose the firing positions of our units, it conducted reconnaissance by fighting in the direction of Mykolayivka - Spirne, and later conducted an offensive in that direction. Ukrainian soldiers successfully suppressed all these attempts and forced the enemy to retreat.
In the Bakhmut direction, the occupiers fired artillery at the districts of Kostiantynivka, Bilohorivka, Vyimka, Pokrovsky, Bakhmut, and Soledar. The enemy is also carrying out assault operations in the direction of Myronivka - Vuhlehirska TPP, the fighting continues.
In the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhia areas, the enemy did not take active action, firing barrel artillery and jet artillery at the areas of the settlements of Vodiane, Avdiivka, Katerynivka, Komar, Shcherbaky, Zelenyi Hai and Novodanylivka. It struck air strikes near Kamyanka, Avdiivka and Shevchenko.
Our warriors repulsed the assault in the direction of Yehorivka - Pavlivka. The enemy retreated with losses.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy focuses its main efforts on maintaining the previously occupied frontiers, preventing our troops from conducting counter-offensive operations in the Kherson and Mykolayiv regions. In order to prevent the regrouping of units of the Defense Forces, it carried out fire damage to units of our troops with the use of artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. It struck an air strike near the village of Potiomkine.
In the northwestern part of the Black Sea, the Black Sea Fleet's naval group continues to block naval communications and reconnaissance. Two carriers of naval-based cruise missiles of the "Caliber" type are ready for the use of missile weapons in the Black Sea.
The strike aircraft of the Air Force inflicted powerful air strikes on the positions of the occupiers. In mainly on all areas of hostilities, Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft and Su-24m bombers made up to twenty group combat sorties.
In the period from June 28 to July 16 of this year, in Zhlobin district of Gomel region, military meetings with conscripts are planned