Up to 25,000 Russian troops near Chasiv Yar

Chasiv Yar
Chasiv Yar

The Russian army has amassed up to 25,000 troops near Chasiv Yar, said Nazar Voloshyn, spokesperson for the Khortytsia Operational and Strategic Grouping of Troops, on national television on May 5.

"The enemy is attempting to bolster new units in various directions. For instance, near Chasiv Yar, they have amassed groups of around 20,000 to 25,000 soldiers," Nazar Voloshyn stated.

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He mentioned that the current hotspots include Avdiivskyi, Bakhmutskyi, and Novopavlivskyi.

Previously, Vadym Skibitskyi, the deputy head of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense (HUR), stated that a total of 514,000 soldiers are fighting for Russia against Ukraine."

The situation near Chasiv Yar

In April, the Ukraine's Armed Forces head Oleksandr Syrskyi announced Russia's military leadership tasked soldiers with capturing Chasiv Yar by May 9. Efforts are focused on breaking defenses to reach the Siverskyi Donets-Donbas channel, paving the way for an advance to the Kramatorsk agglomeration.

On April 10, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported that the Russians, aiming for Chasiv Yar, employ tactics similar to those used in capturing Avdiivka. Ukrainian defenders face intense anti-aircraft fire and attacks from planes and helicopters.

The Ukrainian soldiars said that if the Russians seize Chasiv Yar, Ukrainian military plans offensive on Kostyantynivka, Druzhkivka, Kramatorsk, Slovyansk.

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Nazar Voloshyn stated on April 21 that Ukrainian Defense Forces control situation in Chasiv Yar, Donetsk Oblast — no Russian occupiers in city.

On April 28, Syrskyi confirmed worsening front conditions; defense forces retreated west of Berdychi, Semenivka and Novomykhailivka.

On May 2, Oleg Kalashnikov, press officer of the 26th Artillery Brigade, said Russians won't capture Chasiv Yar by May 9, despite mobilizing all resources.

At the same time, Vadym Skibitskyi told The Economist on May 2 that the capture of Chasiv Yar by the Russians is 'only a matter of time.'

On May 3, Voloshyn reported Russian troops persist in attempts to capture Chasiv Yar in Donetsk Oblast. They actively storm neighboring villages, but city territory remains free of occupiers.

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