ISW said in which areas the Russian invaders can focus their offensive

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) suggests that the Russian invaders will focus on attacks on Bakhmut and around Donetsk.

According to Ukrinform, this is stated in analysis Washington think tank Institute for the Study of War.

It is likely that Russian troops will prefer offensive operations in the direction of Bakhmut and around the city of Donetsk at the expense of efforts to take Seversk and Slavyansk. The command will probably try to use recent gains in the Novolugansk region to push Bakhmut from the east. Their efforts around Donetsk are presumably aimed at pushing Ukrainian forces out of the city’s artillery zone.

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They may also aim to gain as many positions as possible in the Donetsk region in time for the scheduled referendums in September.

The Institute suggests that it is highly unlikely that Russian offensives will end up capturing Bakhmut or making gains west of Donetsk, even if they manage to take the towns of Avdiivka and Peski.

Also, satellite imagery with geolocation showed the build-up of the Russian army from June 19 to July 28 in Urazovo, Belgorod region, 12 km east of the border.

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It is possible that Russian troops are increasing the amount of military equipment in the area to support the offensive from Izyum to the west, since the accumulation is located only 55 km northeast of the Russian land lines at Kupyansk, which connect to both Izyum and settlements to the south from Kharkov.

As you know, on February 24, Russia began a new phase of the eight-year wars against Ukraine – a full-scale offensive. The enemy is carrying out massive shelling and bombardment of peaceful Ukrainian cities and villages. The Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Territorial Defense Forces and the entire Ukrainian people effectively oppose the Russian troops and inflict heavy losses on them.

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