April 8, 2022

Russian forces continue to regroup, prepare new offensive in Donbas, Ukraine says

Ukraine Defense Ministry

The forty-fourth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.

The armed forces of the russian federation continue their armed aggression against Ukraine. The enemy is being prepared for the offensive in eastern Ukraine.

The main efforts of the russian invaders continue to focus on the capture of Mariupol, the offensive in the area of the city of Izyum, breakthroughs in the defence of the Joint Forces in the Donetsk direction. In the South Buh direction, the russian enemy is trying to prevent the advance of our troops.

The Armed Forces of the republic of belarus carry out operational and combat training activities at training grounds throughout the country. Up to four battalion tactical groups have been involved to carry out tasks to strengthen the protection of the Ukrainian-belarusian border.

There is still a possibility of missile and air strikes from the territory of the republic of belarus on military and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.

According to the available information, the so-called “volunteers” from among belarusians are being recruited from the territory of the republic of belarus to create new units of a private military company. The information is being clarified.

The enemy completes the restoration of combat capability of units of the Central Military District in the Bryansk and Kursk regions.

Separate units of the 6th, 20th All-Army, 1st Tank Army, Coastal Troops of the Baltic and Northern Fleets carry out operational equipment of the territory. The main focus is on the rehabilitation of railway sections from Kupyansk to Kharkiv, Izyum and Svatove. For this purpose, units of the railway troops of the 38th separate railway brigade of the Western Military District from Yaroslavl were involved.

In the Kharkiv direction, the russian enemy continues to blockade the city of Kharkiv. To prevent the advance of our troops, the invaders put up minefields.

In the temporarily occupied city of Izyum, representatives of the so-called “DPR” perform the functions of the local “police”, carry out illegal checks of documents, searches of persons and premises of the local population.

Units of the occupying forces are concentrating their efforts on taking control of the settlements of Popasna and Rubizhne and establishing control over the city of Mariupol. Assault operations continue in most areas.

The enemy continues to launch air strikes and shell civilian infrastructure, including the use of multiple rocket launchers. Such activities have been recorded in the districts of Kreminna, Severodonetsk, Novotoshkivske, Popasna, Novozvanivka, Sukha Balka, Novoselivka Druha, Stepne, Troitske, Novobahmutivka, Marinka and Solodke.

In the areas of the settlements of Rubizhne, Popasna, Nyzhne, Novotoshkivske, Zolote and Borivske, the occupiers tried to carry out assault operations, but were unsuccessful.

In the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, seven enemy attacks were repulsed in the past 24 hours, four tanks, two artillery systems, ten armoured units and eleven enemy vehicles were destroyed.

Air Force aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continued to strike at places where russian enemy troops congregated.

Let’s win together! Glory to Ukraine!

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