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Putin could dig himself in as a “cancer growth” in Ukraine, says the British Secretary of Defense

Members of the Ukrainian military are guarding a forward-looking position on April 27 in a front-line village in the Hulyaipole district, Zaporizhia region, Ukraine.  Russia has stepped up its attacks in southeastern Ukraine as it tries to move further into the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.
Members of the Ukrainian military are guarding a forward-looking position on April 27 in a front-line village in the Hulyaipole district, Zaporizhia region, Ukraine. Russia has stepped up its attacks in southeastern Ukraine as it tries to move further into the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. (Chris McGrath / Getty Images)

Russian forces are “practicing intense fire” while a multi-pronged offensive is taking shape across three regions, according to the Ukrainian military leadership.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Thursday that the Russians are focusing on trying to get a breakthrough in the Izium area of ​​eastern Ukraine.

Izium – in the Kharkiv region – has become a space for Russian forces as they try to advance through neighboring Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

“To strengthen the advancing group, the occupiers also moved airborne units to the city of Izium,” the General Staff said in its daily operational update.

One of Russia’s goals is to move forward with the settlement of Lyman, which is close to the industrial and transport hub of Sloviansk, it says.

“The enemy has improved its tactical position and is trying to develop an offensive on the village of Lyman,” said the General Staff, preparing to cross the Seversky Donets River.

Pictures surfaced Wednesday showing a bridge over the river had been destroyed.

To the southeastnear the city of Donetsk, “the main effort is focused on surrounding the defense forces,” said the General Staff, with the cities of Mariinka and Ocheretyn under fire.

In the Luhansk regionthe Russians are attacking the small town of Orikhove, the General Staff said.

Serhii Haidai, head of Luhansk’s regional military administration, said Russia’s offensive near Orikhove had not been successful. But the city of Lysychansk, about 28 kilometers (17 miles) away, was hit hard, with 13 buildings destroyed.

“All hits in Lysychansk, 99% (…) are in residential areas, houses, markets and shops,” Haidai said.

Haidai said the hospital in Severodonetsk was still working despite being shelled on Wednesday.

In southern Ukraineaccording to the Ukrainian military, the Russians are using an airfield at Melitopol airfield as a base for Su-25 attack aircraft, Ka-52 attack helicopters and Mi-8 transport and combat aircraft.

The military acknowledged that the Russians had made gradual progress in the Kherson region while trying to advance towards the city of Mykolaiv. “The enemy has gained a foothold in the area of ​​the settlement Tavrijske,” and from there nearby villages are shelled, it is said.

The General Staff claimed that on Wednesday a Russian plane and six drones were shot down while five tanks and other armored vehicles had been destroyed on the ground.

A little background: As part of the second phase of its invasion, Russia has said it wants to secure all of Ukraine’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk – parts of which Russian-backed separatists have controlled since 2014 – and to consolidate a land bridge connecting the Russian region. Rostov with Crimea, which Russia conquered from Ukraine eight years ago.

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