According to the Ukrainian military, Russian forces are pushing an offensive in the direction of Sloviask, an important city in the Donetsk region.
The General Staff said in its daily update that the offensive involved heavy shelling by Ukrainian security.
The enemy opened fire on the Lion-Siversk border in order to dislodge the units of our troops from their positions and create conditions for an attack on Sloviansk, ”it said.
Some analysts say the Russian military has made a modest territorial advance in the region over the past week, but Lyman remains in Ukrainian hands.
The General Staff stated that Russian forces were attacking a large number of towns in the Luhansk region, and had tried to improve their positions around the town of Popsna by relocating a battalion tactical group from Mariupol.
Altogether 10 attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk were repulsed and Ukrainian forces destroyed a wide variety of Russian hardware, it claimed.
“The enemy deployed additional surface-to-air missile systems in the areas temporarily occupied by the Luhansk and Zaporizhzhya regions,” it said.
According to Serhi Heyde, head of Luhansk’s military administration, three people died in Luhansk as heavy shelling continued in Lisichansk, Zolot and Popsna.
He said the prolonged heavy shelling completely halted the evacuation.
The General Staff said that in areas of southern Ukraine where fighting continues, Russian forces were looking for weaknesses in Ukrainian defenses south of Mykolaiv as they tried to increase their control over the entire Kherson region, the General Staff said. .
Parts of southern Zaporizhia have also seen heavy fighting. The regional command said on Monday that “the enemy tried to break into small groups with the support of armored vehicles, tanks and artillery, but was unsuccessful.”
It said the cities of Polohy and Orikhiv were among those targeted by the shelling.
It also claimed that the Russian military was forcing farmers to sell grain at huge discounts “under the barrels of machine guns”.
Attacks on grain shops and lifts have also increased.
The head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, Valentin Reznichenko, said on Monday that a grain warehouse in the Sinelnikov district had been destroyed.