General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released an operational update regarding the russian invasion as of 18:00, April 29, 2022.
Russian forces continue their offensive operations in the Eastern Ukraine in order to defeat the defense forces, establish full control over the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk eastern regions and establish a land corridor to the occupied Crimea.
In the northern directions, certain units of belarussian armed forces continue strengthening the Ukrainian-belarussian border in the Brest and Gomel regions. Aviation and air defense of the republic of belarus are in increased readiness mode. There is still remaining the threat of missile and bomb strikes on Ukraine from the belarussian territory.
Certain russian groups of forces are stationed in the northern Siverian region in order to prevent the Ukrainian reserves from relocating to the Eastern Operational Zone. Some units of russian forces were deployed to the areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions to restore combat capability.
General Staff considers the possibility that russians will carry out demonstrative actions or provocations in the areas adjacent to the state border of Ukraine, possibly a shelling of the closest Ukrainian military units or infrastructure.
In the Slobozhansky direction, russian group consisting of the 6th Combined Arms Army and the coastal troops of the Baltic and Northern Fleets is focusing on maintaining positions in the area north and southeast of Kharkiv, trying to deploy additional artillery units.
In the Izium direction, the invading forces are operating with units of the 1st Tank Army, the 20th Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District, the 35th Combined Arms Army, the 68th Army Corps of the Eastern Military District and the Airborne Troops. Their main efforts are focused on reconnaissance and shelling of Ukrainian positions. The occupiers provide additional pontoon-bridge crossings across the Siversky Donets River to reinforce units in the Izium direction.
In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, enemy units are trying to launch an offensive in the Lyman, Severodonetsk, and Popasna directions. Also, russians continue to try to establish full control over Rubizhne and Popasna settlements and are preparing to advance on Severodonetsk. Artillery shelling continues.
In the Kurakhiv direction, the occupiers' groups were reinforced by additional artillery units from the 1st Army Corps.
Air strikes on Mariupol continue. Main efforts of russian army are focused on blocking the defenders stationed at the Azovstal steel plant, some units were relocated from Mariupol to the Kurakhiv direction.
To disrupt Ukrainian logistics, russians launch air and missile strikes. They also try to clarify the positions of defenses with the help of "Orlan-10" unmanned aerial vehicles and repeatedly lose this reconnaissance equipment.
In southern directions, invading army is using available forces to improve its tactical position: regroups, increases the number of fire damage systems, equips the positions. Russians deployed assembly points for damaged vehicles and points for repair and restoration of equipment.
In the Transnistrian region of the Moldova Republic, russian federation continues to disseminate disinformation through pro-kremlin media. The narrative is that there is a threat to the population of the region from Ukraine. In particular, there are reports of an alleged another case of Ukrainian UAVs being used against local ammunition depots.
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