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Russian troops trying to increase pace of offensive, reach administrative borders of Donetsk, Luhansk regions – AFU General Staff

KYIV. May 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) – As of the 70th day of the invasion, on May 4, Russian troops are trying to increase the pace of the offensive in eastern Ukraine in order to reach the administrative borders of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, as well as to develop an offensive in Zaporizhia and Kryvy Rih directions.

"In order to achieve certain goals, the enemy is trying to inflict damage on the units of the Defense Forces, is regrouping and strengthening its troops, is building up the system of fire damage and logistics. The enemy has stepped up the delivery of missile and bomb strikes in order to destroy the transport infrastructure of Ukraine," the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Facebook.

An enemy grouping is operating in Slobozhansky direction, consisting of separate units of the sixth Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District, the 41st Combined Arms Army of the Central Military District, and the coastal troops of the Baltic and Northern Fleets. Air strikes and shelling of Kharkiv continue.

In Valuysky district of Belgorod region, the Russian invaders deployed an auxiliary command post of the 36th Combined Arms Army of the Eastern Military District.

As part of the strengthening of the grouping of troops in the indicated direction, the enemy is moving personnel from the territory of Belgorod region.

In Izium direction, the enemy is trying to seize the initiative and is conducting offensive operations in Izium-Barvinkove ​​direction. To this end, the enemy fires artillery at the positions of Ukrainian troops in the areas of the settlements of Hrushuvakha, Nova Dmytrivka and Kurulko.

In addition, the enemy has concentrated up to 40 Mi-24 and Mi-8 attack and transport helicopters on the territory of Belgorod region in close proximity to the state border of Ukraine.

In Donetsk direction, the main efforts of the enemy are concentrated on conducting an offensive against the settlements of Lyman, Orikhove, Popasna, Velyka Novoselka, Hulyaipole, Komyshuvakha and Orikhiv.

During the day, in Lyman direction, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to gain a foothold in the village of Oleksandrivka.

In Severodonetsk direction, the invaders launched an offensive in the direction of the settlement of Voyevodivka, but were not successful.

In Popasna direction, the enemy tried to expand control over the settlement of Orikhove, but there was no success.

In order to constrain the actions of the units of the defense forces, the enemy fires at the positions of the Ukrainian troops almost along the entire line of confrontation. Inflicts air strikes in the areas of the settlements of Avdiyivka, Mariupol, Severodonetsk, Kramatorsk and Hulyaipole.

The blockade and attempts to destroy Ukrainian units in Azovstal area in Mariupol continue. In some areas, with the support of aviation, the enemy resumed the offensive in order to take control of the territory of the plant. Did not achieve success.

In Novopavlivsky direction, the invaders attempted to storm the settlement of Novosilka. The enemy suffered losses and retreated.

In order to strengthen the grouping of troops, the enemy is transferring equipment and personnel by rail.

In Yuzhnobuzh and Tavria directions, the invaders, with the help of individual units of the eighth and 49th combined arms armies, the 22nd army corps, the coastal troops of the Black Sea Fleet, and the airborne troops, are conducting combat operations in order to hold temporarily occupied territories and create conditions for intensifying the offensive in directions Kherson – Mykolaiv and Kherson – Kryvy Rih.

In Volyn, Polissia and Siversk directions, certain units of the armed forces of Belarus continue to carry out tasks to strengthen the section of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions. The buildup of the air defense system in Gomel region is noted, and training of electronic warfare units has been carried out. In the future, demonstration and provocative actions are not ruled out in areas close to the state border of Ukraine.

In order to maintain tension on the border and prevent the transfer of reserves of Ukrainian troops to threatening areas, the enemy is holding units from the 90th Tank Division of the Central Military District near the Ukrainian-Russian border near the settlement of Kozino, Kursk Region. Activation of shelling from the area on the territory of the Sumy region is not ruled out.

In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, the ship group of the Russian Black Sea Fleet continues to carry out tasks to isolate the area of ​​combat operations, reconnaissance and fire support in the coastal direction. It is not excluded the possibility of involving the specified ship composition in delivering missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine. Currently, three carriers of sea-based Caliber cruise missiles are in readiness for the use of missile weapons in the Black Sea.