The Russian offensive continues, now almost exclusively in Donbass, and without increasing its 140,ooo strength (only ‘about 15% of the over 1 million Russian military’).
Russian-led forces are surrounding the city of Svyatogorsk. There are battles in the Bogorodichne area.
A battery of FH-70 howitzers transferred to the AFU by Italy was destroyed:
After the town of Krasny Liman came under the DPR control, Russian-led forces continued their advance towards Slavyansk from the east. The AFU positions in the village of Rayhorodok located 10 kilometers from Slavyansk are already shelled by Russian artillery.
The Russian advance threatens the military supplies to the AFU units deployed in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk metropolitan area from Slavyansk and Seversk…..
…Meanwhile, Russian-led forces are approaching the city of Bakhmut from several directions. Artillery and missile strikes are carried out on the AFU positions in the city.
To the east, fighting continues in the town of Pilipchatino, where the Ukrainian units are almost encircled.
The village of Vladimirovka remains under DPR control, as a result the Artemovsk—Lisichansk highway, which is the main line of communications with the AFU units in Severodonetsk, is constantly shelled by Russian artillery.
Fighting approached the highway and reached the villages of Stryapovka and Novaya Kamenka.
To the north, the road between Bakhmut and Soledar is also under the fire of Russian artillery.
In the area of Zolotoe, Russian-led forces continue the encirclement of the Ukrainian units. Fierce clashes continue in the town of Kamishevaha, as well as in the city of Zolotoe itself.
The Ukrainian military does not withdraw their servicemen yet and continue to defend their positions in the area.
Russian forces advances in the north are yet to cut off the road between Zolotoe and Lisichansk, which is already shelled by the artillery. Clashes continue in the villages of Toshkovka and Ustinovka.
At the same time, the road cannot be used by Ukrainian forces after the city of Zolotoe was almost encircled from the western direction.
North of Popasnaya, the battle for Vrubovka continues.
In the major city of Severodonetsk, Russian-led forces are advancing from the northern, eastern and southern directions towards the city center and claiming new victories.
There are battles in the area of Voronovo, Borovskoye and Metelkino. So far, the areas near the local Mir hotel (in the northern part of the city) and bus station (in the eastern part) came under control of Russian forces.
(Note: There is no Ukrainian retreat from the city of Severodonetsk despite nearing complete encirclement, which is leading to Russian speculation they want their soldiers to be trapped and killed as a propaganda exercise. ed)..
Street fighting continues in the residential areas. The AFU are retreating to the eastern part of the city where the large industrial zone is located.
“At the moment, the units of the People’s Militia of the LPR, with the fire support of the Russian Armed Forces, have wedged into the Russian defense line in the city of Severodonetsk, and repulsed the enemy at the front of Severodonetsk,” said the official representative of the People’s Militia of the LPR Ivan Filiponenko.
In the Donetsk area, the DPR units are slowly enlarging the zone of their control around the heavily fortified town of Avdeevka.
Heavy battles continue in the villages of Krasnogorovka, Novoselka-2, as well as on the southern outskirts of New York.
Kiev’s forces recently claimed another large counter-offensive operation in the Kherson region.
Most recently, another attempt to counter attack the positions of the Russian Army took place in the area of Davidov Brod. The Ukrainian assault groups came under artillery and aviation fire and suffered heavy losses.
According to pro-Russian sources, the failed operation resulted in destruction of up to 20 pieces of AFU military equipment, a Mi-8 helicopter and over Ukrainian 200 soldiers
screenshots from videos
While retreating AFU units suffered heavy losses on the front lines.
The Ukrainian military continues senseless shelling of the civilian areas in the city of Donetsk.
On May 29th, the AFU intensified their random attacks on local civilians. The AFU reportedly used the artillery of NATO countries in the shelling.
On May 29, 4 civilians were killed and 20 others were injured in the DPR as a result of the shelling, the DPR representative in the JCCC reported. (note..Ukrainian forces have been shelling Donbass for 8 years.ed.)