Russian troops have stepped up offensive operations in the Donetsk region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are conducting a counteroffensive on the Svatovo-Kremennaya line – ISW

11/15/2022

Translated from Ukrainian via Google

On November 13 and 14, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, after the failure in the Kherson region, announced the successes of the invaders in the Donetsk region, some of which were refuted by Ukrainian defenders. The Defense Forces continue their counteroffensive on the Svatovo-Kremennaya line in the Luhansk region.

This is stated in the report of the Institute for the Study of War , published on November 15. In particular, the Russian Federation claimed to have captured Maiorsk (20km south of Bakhmut) on 13 November and Pavlovka (45km southwest of Donetsk) on 14 November.

The official representative of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Serhiy Cherevaty , denied these allegations.

Combat operations also intensified in the direction of Avdiivka-Donetsk. The geolocation footage released on November 12 shows that Russian troops have advanced to the northwestern outskirts of N. the village of Opytnoye (about 12 km northwest of Donetsk).

It is assumed that after leaving Kherson, the occupiers planned to strengthen their grouping in the Donetsk region, which would lead to an intensification of the fighting around Bakhmut.

The ISW stressed that in the event that Russian troops succeed in the specified area, in an operational sense, this is unlikely to affect the situation on the front.

In turn, the Ukrainian defenders concentrated on the Svyato-Kremennaya line and clashed with Russian troops near Belogorovka.

Geolocation footage released on 13 November confirmed that Ukrainian forces had liberated Makiivka , about 23 kilometers southwest of Svatovo.

The commander of the combat reserve unit of the Russian army BARS-13, Sergei Femchenkov, said that the situation on the front line in Svatovo “aggravated”, which forced the Russian troops to retreat from the Makeevka area.

According to both Ukraine and the occupiers, ongoing clashes are reported in the direction of Novoselovsky, Vladimirovka and Stelmakhivka (all northwest of Svatovo) in the direction of the P66 highway.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian troops stopped the advance of Russian troops in the Torskoye area, about 16 km west of Kremennaya.

Defense forces also continued to attack Russian logistics on the Svatovo-Kremennaya line, and geolocation footage showed the aftermath of a Ukrainian HIMARS strike on the Russian base at Miluvatka, south of Svatovo.

Ukrainian defenders entered into clashes with the enemy northwest of Lysichansk . The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian forces repelled attacks by Russian troops on Belogorivka, Luhansk region, about 13 km northwest of Lysychansk.

For the second time since November 7, Russian propagandists announced that the troops of the Wagner group and units of the LPR allegedly broke through the defenses of Ukraine in Belogorovka and entered the settlement.

As OBOZREVATEL reported, earlier the head of the Lugansk regional military administration, Sergei Gaidai, said that Ukrainian soldiers had already officially liberated 12 settlements in the Lugansk region , including the village of Makeevka.

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