The villages of Stepove and Severne are located near Lastochkyne, the settlement Russian forces occupied on 26 February.
UK intel: Russia’s eastern assaults bog down as Ukraine stymies encirclements, maintains bridgehead in south
Russia has been unable to capitalize on Donbas gains to encircle towns or dislodge Ukrainian marines from southern bridgehead, per UK Defense Ministry.
Russian forces made marginal gains northeast of Bakhmut and near Opytne and Stepove, Avdiivka direction. Ukrainian forces continue to hold positions on the eastern bank of the Dnipro in the Kherson Oblast.
Frontline report: Disjointed Russian attacks stall against stubborn Ukrainian defenses north of Avdiivka
Disjointed Russian assaults fail to dislodge Ukrainian defenses north of Donetsk's Avdiivka as Russians take heavy losses from firm Ukrainian positions and drone strikes.