Russian troops in the Donetsk direction have focused on attempts to advance in the directions of Siversk and Bakhmut, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the evening summary of July 19.
“Ukrainian soldiers inflicted significant losses on the occupiers when they tried to advance in the directions of Hryhorivka, Spirny, and Ivano-Daryivka. The enemy retreated in a disorderly manner,” the command reports.
According to the summary, an attempt by Russian troops to carry out reconnaissance by combat in the direction of Dmytrivka ended unsuccessfully in Kharkiv Oblast, they “retired with losses.”
At the same time, in the direction of Bakhmut, the Russian army carried out assaults in the direction of Pokrovsky, “with partial success, it is entrenched on the southern outskirts of the settlement.” At the same time, the invaders’ attempts to advance in the direction of Berestovoy, Bilogorivka, Vershina and the territory of the Vuglegirsk thermal power station were unsuccessful.
Shelling and airstrikes continue in various directions. According to the headquarters, Russia maintains three carriers of high-precision weapons in readiness for missile strikes on Ukraine.
“The enemy continues to suffer losses in manpower and equipment. The enemy’s ammunition depots are being blown up. An increase in cases of desertion of Russian occupiers, who are trying to get to the territory of the Russian Federation in any way, is recorded,” the General Staff notes.
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Russia’s large-scale military invasion of Ukraine has been ongoing since the morning of February 24. Russian forces are carrying out airstrikes on key military and civilian infrastructure, destroying airfields, military units, oil depots, gas stations, churches, schools and hospitals.
Russia denies that it is waging a war of aggression against Ukraine on its territory and calls it a “special operation” aimed at “demilitarization and denazification” as well as “protecting people from genocide.”