Ukrainian media claim that Russia’s chief of staff, Igeum Lee, directs the offensive
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Hwang Chul-hwan = Russia, which has gathered troops in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, is speeding up its offensive against Ukrainian forces.
However, even after bombarding almost the entire eastern front and sending ground troops, it seems that they are not able to achieve a significant result due to fierce resistance from the Ukrainian forces.
The US think-tank Institute for War Research (ISW) said in an analysis of the war situation released on the 28th (local time), “Russian forces are continuing shelling and small-scale attacks along the eastern front of Ukraine, but they have not made any progress in the last 24 hours.” evaluated.
According to ISW, Russian forces are pushing southwest from Kharkiv Izium, which may be an attempt to bypass Ukrainian defenses on the direct Slovak route.
In addition, there were media reports that additional Russian reinforcements were arriving one after another in Belgorod to support the offensive in the direction of Izium, and that Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) would directly lead the offensive in the direction of Izium. ISW said.
Earlier, Ukrainian media outlet Defense Express reported on the 27th that, citing an unnamed Ukrainian military source, Chief of the General Staff Gerasimov had already arrived and was scheduled to lead the offensive from an ‘operational and tactical level’.
The media claimed that the Russian military’s plan to unify its command system under the commander of the Southern Military District, Aleksandr Dvornikov, who was appointed as the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian war earlier this month, had failed.
ISW could not confirm whether the report was true, but said that if true, it shows how important Russia is to the Igeum offensive and suggests that the normal chain of command of the Russian military has been disrupted.
Ukrainian military officials say fierce fighting is taking place on the Donbas front.
According to the British daily The Guardian, the command of the Ukrainian army said, “The enemy is speeding up the attack. The Russian occupation forces are firing intense fire from almost all directions.”
Ukrainian officials said the Russian military is concentrating its offensive capabilities near the Slovozanske and Donets regions, a strategically important point on the highway connecting Izium and Kharkiv.
Although the Russian army was defeated in northern Ukraine, it reorganized and significantly recovered its forces in the eastern Donbas region, a region controlled by pro-Russian separatists, and still occupies much of southern Ukraine.
In Mariupol, a strategically important port city connecting Donbas and Crimea, Ukraine, which was forcibly annexed in 2014, the entire area has been occupied, except for some Ukrainian troops who are standing in the basement of the Azoustal Works.
Ukraine has requested a ceasefire to evacuate civilians and wounded soldiers from the Azoustal Works outside Mariupol, but Russia has not accepted it.
Meanwhile, Denis Pusilin, head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), a government set up by pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region, has decided to postpone the celebration of Victory Day on May 9 until a complete victory is achieved. said. However, Russia is expected to proceed with the commemorative event as scheduled regardless of this.
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