Ukraine claimed to have the “strategic initiative” near Bakhmut with reported gains of up to 1.5 kilometers on the city’s flanks. Ukrainian gains were also claimed at Pryiutne in the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk region boundary zone; Russian units in the south and east reportedly surrendered.
Acclaimed US-based military analyst Max Boot said:
“The Ukrainians are going slowly because they are trying to limit their casualties - something that bloodthirsty Russian commanders don’t care about.
“It is doubtful that any Western military could do any better without air superiority. The Ukrainians are hoping to limit their losses by interdicting Russian supply lines with long-range strikes utilizing British Storm Shadow cruise missiles…
“What we are seeing now are probing attacks to find a weak spot in the Russian lines or create one.”
General Developments, including Luhansk, Avdiivka, Marinka, etc.
Zone A. TO518 / Mokry Yaly River Axis - boundary of Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions
The Ukrainian General Staff and Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar both said Ukrainian forces continued offensive operations on the administrative border between Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions, including “partial success” along the Rivnopil-Volodyne line (up to 16 km southwest of Velyka Novosilka).
Ukrainian forces made advances near Pryiutne, according to pro-Russian sources.
A video circulated on social media of surrendered Russian soldiers of the 34th brigade of the “Storm” detachment. They became POWs after fierce fighting near Pryiutne where their company of 150 people was left with only 20. They complain about the lack of supply of ammunition, water, food and evacuation of the wounded and dead.
Another portion of Russian convict cannon fodder refusing to obey the orders of their command. The Russian people are "united like never before". pic.twitter.com/B0IH34vsz3— WarTranslated (Dmitri) (@wartranslated) June 29, 2023
Russian forces counterattacked “without success” near Staromayorsk and Rivnopil, according to pro-Russian sources.
Zone B. Western Zaporizhzhia
Zone C. Bakhmut
Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said Ukrainian forces seized the “operational initiative” in the area and reported that Ukrainian forces advanced 1.2 kilometers in the direction of Klishchiivka (7 km southwest of Bakhmut) and 1.5 kilometers in the direction of Kurdyumivka (13 km southwest of Bakhmut).
Ukrainians reported today that "Klischiivka [near Bakhmut] is a matter of time, a number of Russian strongpoints have been burned" and some Russian forces ended up in an encirclement and were captured/destroyed.— WarTranslated (Dmitri) (@wartranslated) June 28, 2023
In the video, fighters of the Ukrainian 80th Air Assault Brigade… pic.twitter.com/aoAu6rEJyb
Ukrainian milbloggers claimed that a Ukrainian assault at Klishchivka was “massively successful” resulting in advancing and winning several trench line positions along a key canal. They cited individual soldier accounts of encircling a Russian airborne infantry company and that company surrendering.
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