NewsRussian gains in Donetsk forced Ukrainian withdrawal from Chasiv Yar

Russian gains in Donetsk forced Ukrainian withdrawal from Chasiv Yar

Battle for Chasiv Yar. Russians are pushing Ukrainians out.
Battle for Chasiv Yar. Russians are pushing Ukrainians out.
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Violetta Baran

4 July 2024 13:11

Nazar Wołoszyn, the spokesperson for the operational-strategic group of soldiers Chortyca, whose soldiers are fighting in Chasiv Yar, confirmed that the command decided to withdraw troops from one of the city's districts - Kanal. This is not the only recent gain for the Russians. They also managed to capture two localities in the Donetsk region, in the so-called Pokrovsk direction.

With the Ukrainian army's weaponry and ammunition shortages, the Russians' extension of the front line is yielding results. As Deep State reported on its Telegram channel, the Russians are achieving success on several fronts. In the Donetsk region, advancing towards Pokrovsk, they captured two localities—Sokil and Voschod.

Deep State also reported on Wednesday evening that the Russians forced the Ukrainians to withdraw from one of the districts of Chasiv Yar Kanal.

Nazar Wołoszyn, the spokesperson for the operational-strategic group of soldiers Chortyca, whose soldiers are fighting in Chasiv Yar, confirmed this information on Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Wołoszyn explained that "holding the Kanal district after the enemy entered became pointless, as it endangered the lives and health of our soldiers, and our defenders' positions were destroyed."

Wołoszyn added that the command relocated the forces to "better-protected and prepared positions." Nevertheless, he noted, "even there, the enemy does not cease combat actions."

Chasiv Yar. Its loss will open the way for the Russians to Kostyantynivka

Chasiv Yar was previously a logistics hub for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Its strategic location on elevated ground has significant operational importance.

According to the American Institute for the Study of War, Russian forces' potential takeover of Chasiv Yar could open the way for an offensive on nearby Kostyantynivka. The latter has long been seen as a key target in the Russian operation in Donbas.

If Russian forces manage to capture these localities, it would likely enable preparations for an attack on Kramatorsk and Sloviansk. These are the two most important cities in Donbas that remain under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russian successes are paid for with enormous losses. As reported by the Ukrainian General Staff on Thursday, on the last day, Ukrainians have taken about 1,200 Russian soldiers out of combat.

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