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Ukraine’s National Guard advances 650 meters deep into Russian defenses in Melitopol direction 

3 August, 2023 Thursday

One of the National Guard brigades has moved around 650 meters into the Russian defenses in the Melitopol direction. They have dug in and fortified their position at the boundary they reached

This was announced by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Ihor Klymenko.

The Guardsmen are continuing their offensive actions in the Melitopol direction as part of the Defense Forces' strike groups.

“On the Melitopol and Berdyansk directions, the National Guard is holding defensive lines with designated forces and resources. The forces of the National Guard on the Kupyansk direction are firmly maintaining the occupied lines, while special-purpose units conduct aerial reconnaissance,” the message said. 

In the border areas of the Sumy region, the National Guardsmen are taking measures to detect enemy infiltration and prevent their activities in Ukraine.

In the Kherson direction, National Guard units are still involved in humanitarian demining, stabilization efforts, and other tasks to support the Defense Forces' actions.

Ukraine’s counteroffensive

  • On June 4, the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched a counteroffensive on the southern frontline, continuing a series of offensives near Bakhmut and in other directions.

  • On June 11, the Ukrainian Armed Forces announced the liberation of Blahodatne, Neskuchne, and Makarivka settlements, near the border of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions.

  • On June 24, the Ukrainian Defense Forces officially confirmed the liberation of the territories near Krasnohorivka in the Donetsk region, which had been under occupation since 2014.

  • On June 26, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar also said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had de-occupied the village of Rivnopil, Donetsk region. It is located in the Volnovakha district of the Donetsk region. The Russian army occupied the village in March 2022.

  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, July 23, that the Defense Forces have recaptured half of the territory that Russia has occupied since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.

  • On July 25, the Ukrainian Defense Forces drove the Russians out of their positions near Andriivka in the Bakhmut direction, and in the Staromayorske area, they succeeded and are consolidating their positions. The Ukrainian Armed Forces restrained the Russian offensive near Marinka and repelled enemy attacks in other areas.

  • On July 26, the General Staff reported that the Defense Forces continued to advance in three directions. Instead, the Russian occupiers are trying to regain the lost position near Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia region. Deputy Minister of Defense Hanna Maliar said that the Defense Forces continue to successfully conduct offensive actions on the southern flank around Bakhmut. Fierce fighting continues in the area of Klishchiiivka, Kurdyumivka and Andriivka.

  • US officials said on July 26 that Ukraine told them that the army is now engaged in a major counteroffensive, moving more troops and equipment to the most western of the three fronts, near Zaporizhzhia.  

  • On July 27, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled several enemy attacks in the Kupyansk sector without losing ground, and in the Bakhmut sector our soldiers gradually moved forward. The fighting was quite fierce. The enemy was firing intensively. The General Staff reported that the Defense Forces were conducting an offensive at the Melitopol and Berdiansk directions.

  • On the same day, it became known that Ukrainian soldiers had liberated the village of Staromayorske in Donetsk region.

  • On July 31, it was reported that during the counteroffensive, the Ukrainian military liberated more than 204 square kilometers of territory in the south, and another 37 square kilometers in the Bakhmut direction.

  • On August 2, it was reported that the Russian occupiers are trying to restore their lost position in the Donetsk region, namely in the Bakhmut and Shakhtarsk directions.

  • Analysts at The New York Times reported that the Russians are overstretched, experiencing problems with logistics, supply, personnel and weapons, and it is becoming apparent how they are beginning to retreat.

  • On August 2, 44 clashes occurred at the front. The enemy tried to restore the lost position on the Bakhmut and Shakhtarsk directions.

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