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Ukrainian Forces make 9-15 km gain southwest of Bakhmut – ISW

Ukrainian forces continued counteroffensive operations along the western Donetsk-eastern Zaporizhzhia Oblast borders, advancing in the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk Oblasts’ direction, ISW reports.

As of 14 July, Ukrainian forces continued counteroffensive operations on at least three sectors of the frontline and made gains in some areas, according to the US-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

Ukrainian forces continued offensive operations in the Bakhmut, Melitopol (Zaporizhzhia Oblast), and Berdiansk (Donetsk-Zaporizhzhia Oblast border area) directions, according to The Ukrainian General Staff. In addition, Ukrainian forces achieved partial success in Bila Hora-Andriivka, going further 9-15 km southwest of Bakhmut.

Assessed Control of Terrain in Bakhmut

Besides, Deputy Director of the Ukrainian National Guard’s Main Directorate Mykola Urshalovych mentioned that Ukrainian forces have advanced over 1,700 meters in unspecified places in the Melitopol direction, Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Assessed Control of Terrain in Ukraine

As per ISW’s report, on 14 July Russian forces conducted another series of Shahed drone strikes across Ukraine. Russian forces launched 17 Shahed-131/136 drones and an S-300 missile and targeted Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Dnipropetrovsk Oblasts, according to Ukrainian General Staff. Meanwhile, Ukrainian air defenses shot down 16 of the launched drones.

Other takeaways from the ISW’s report:

  • Russia continues efforts likely aimed at keeping high-ranking officers in their positions without needing special exemptions to retirement age limits.
  • Russian occupation authorities continue efforts to consolidate administrative control of occupied territories by manipulating residence requirements and forcibly passportizing occupied populations.
  • Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief General Valerii Zaluzhnyi acknowledged in the interview for The Washington Post that Ukrainian forces are waging an interdiction campaign against Russian military targets in Russia.

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