​Operation De-occupation: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive in Severodonetsk, What We Know

Ukrainian soldiers managed to reclaim some territories in the main axis of russian advance / Open soruce illustrative photo
Ukrainian soldiers managed to reclaim some territories in the main axis of russian advance / Open soruce illustrative photo

Ukraine’s military was said to lure russian invaders into a trap letting them enter the city. How credible is that and what assumptions can be made according to the open data

The first attempt to counterattack was announced by the Head of Luhansk Region Military Administration Serhiy Haidai. He asked not to put an end to the city of Severodonetsk. On June 1, about 80% of the city was occupied.

As of June 1, almost the entire Severodonetsk was under russian control, according to the verified open source data / Operation De-occupation: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive in Severodonetsk, What We Know
As of June 1, almost the entire Severodonetsk was under russian control, according to the verified open source data / Map: Deep State UA

Since then, there was very little information to work with. Up until today (June 4). The Head of the Luhansk Region Military Administration Serhiy Haidai stated that Ukraine controls around half of the city already after reclaiming some territory.

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One of the main enemy’s objectives is to destroy the supply routes of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk by blowing up the bridges, Haidai reported on the telethon. General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces also mentioned that the assault on Severodonetsk is the focus of russian efforts in Ukraine's east, if not the whole campaign right now.

Operation De-occupation: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive in Severodonetsk, What We Know
The line of contact in Severodonetsk on June 1

Haidai said, the Ukrainian military is currently lacking long-range artillery, which could be a game-changer for the battle in the east.

On Friday, the Russians "tried to surround the Ukrainian troops" in the city and neighboring Lysychansk, but were unsuccessful. In total, Ukraine repelled a total of nine attacks by the Russians in the Donbas region in the past 24 hours.

Presumably, some of the mentioned Ukraine’s units were involved in the liberation of Severodonetsk.

Having pushed the russians back from two villages – Metiolkine and Bilohorivka – Ukrainian troops took up defense and started preparing for further counteroffensive actions, according to Oleksandr Motuzianyk, the spokesperson of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense. During a briefing on June 3, he said russian forces supported by aviation, were storming residential neighborhoods in the central part of Sievierodonetsk, suffering casualties, and the fighting was going on.

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