More than 20,000 Russian troops gathered and concentrated their efforts to attack the strategic city
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More than 20,000 Russian troops gathered and concentrated their efforts to attack the strategic city

(Dan Tri) – Thousands of Russian troops are said to be trying to attack the city of Chasiv Yar to dislodge Ukrainian forces from this eastern pan of fire.

Ukrainian soldiers fire artillery in Donetsk (Photo: Reuters).

Khortytsia Forces spokesman Nazar Voloshyn announced on national television on April 22 that about 20,000 to 25,000 Russian soldiers were trying to attack Chasiv Yar and settlements on the city’s outskirts.

Chasiv Yar is located about 10km west of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast and 50km north of Avdiivka.

The Ukrainian military said Russian forces are focusing their efforts near Chasiv Yar, an area Moscow considers crucial to advance deeper into Kostiantynivka, Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

Mr. Voloshyn confirmed that the Ukrainian army is fighting against Russian paratroopers and the 217th Guards Parachute Regiment of the 98th Guards Airborne Division in the area near Chasiv Yar.

He added that Russian troops are `continuously attacking` Ukrainian positions, but are not gaining a foothold and are retreating.

`Chasiv Yar is still ours. The situation around the city is difficult, but the city is under the complete control of our defense forces. There are no Russian troops in the city,` he declared

Volodymyr Cherniak, a Ukrainian National Guard officer, earlier said Russian forces `gained positions` around the village of Bohdanivka, 3km northeast of Chasiv Yar.

Pro-Moscow forces announced on April 5 that Russian troops had entered the suburbs of Chasiv Yar, but the Ukrainian army later denied this claim.

In an interview with NBC News published on April 21, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia will try to control Chasiv Yar in Donetsk province before May 9.

More than 20,000 Russian troops gathered and concentrated their efforts to attack the strategic city

Location of Chasiv Yar (Photo: Ukrainian Weekly).

According to analysts, an offensive campaign to capture Chasiv Yar will open up immediate prospects for the Russian army to achieve significant operational progress.

On April 22, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had taken control of Novomykhailivka, a village located between Maryinka and Vuhledar in the Donetsk region.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has not yet commented on this information.

Ukraine’s DeepState OSINT project, closely linked to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, reported on the evening of April 21 that Russian troops had occupied most of Novomykhailivka.

Novomykhailivka, a village of strategic importance, is located 12km from Maryinka and 20km from Vuhledar.

The battle for the village began in late fall 2023. On April 19, the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that the Russian army had lost more than 300 pieces of equipment in this area in 6 months.

Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukraine’s Military Intelligence Agency, said on April 21 that the country will face a difficult situation in mid-May and early June in the context of Russia’s increased attack intensity.

The above prediction was made after experts at the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said that Russian forces may increase attack activities with missiles and drones.

ISW analysts note that Ukraine may suffer further setbacks in the coming weeks before US security assistance can help Kiev stabilize the front.

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