Invasion Day 108 – Summary

The summary of the 108th day of Russian invasion to Ukraine, as of 22:00 – 11th June 2022 (Kyiv time).

Day summary:

Russian troops made small gains in the direction of Slovyansk and Lysychansk. Ukrainian army is reportedly conducting a new counter-offensive operation in Kherson Oblast, but no details have been shared, yet.

According to Ukrainian Presidential adviser, the army is loosing up to 200 soldiers every day, but Russian numbers are much higher. We’re currently in the phase of the war of attrition.

Belarusian president Lukashenko stated that Belarus might be forced to intervene in the western Ukraine to protect local population from Polish invasion.

Kharkiv Frontline

includes the area of Kharkiv and Chuhuiv

partly sunny | ~31 °C

Shelling: Udy, Prudianka, Tsyrkuny, Ternova, Verkhnii Saltiv, Rubizhne

  • There was no change on the ground in Kharkiv Oblast.

Siverskyi Donets

includes the area of Slovyansk, Kramatorsk and Bakhmut

sunny | ~31 °C

Shelling: Virnopillya, Dolyna, Korulka, Novoluhanske

Slovyansk direction

  • Russian troops reached the outskirt of Bohorodychne, fighting continues.
  • Ukrainian defenders repelled Russian attacks on Virnopillya and Dolyna.

Bakhmut direction

  • Russian forces managed to advance in the area of Vidrodzhennya and Roty. Both towns are marked as contested until we learn more.

Lysychansk Area

includes the vicinity of Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk

Shelling: Serebrianka, Bilohorivka, Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk, Metolkyne, Ustynivka, Toshkivka, Hirske, Bilohorivka (near Nahirne), Komyshuvakha

  • House to house fighting continues in Sievierodonetsk.
  • Ukrainian forces successfully repelled Russian attacks on Metolkyne, and there are indications the enemy retreated from the town.
  • Russian troops attempted to advance in the area of Ustynivka and Toshkivka, but met fierce resistance and withdrew.
  • The enemy managed to breakthrough Ukrainian lines near Nyrkove and has been stopped near Mykolaivka. The fate of Nyrkove remains uncertain, but it’s likely that Russian troops captured the settlement.
  • Ukrainian troops repelled a Russian attack near Volodymyrivka.

South-Eastern Front

includes Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia Oblast

partly sunny | ~31 °C

Donetsk Oblast

Shelling: Marinka, Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka, Kamyanka, Niu-York

  • There was no change on the ground in Donetsk Oblast.

Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Shelling: Orikhiv, Huliaipole

  • There was no change on the ground in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Kherson Frontline

includes the vicinity of Kherson and Mykolaiv

rain showers | ~28 °C

Shelling: Dobryanka, Velyka Kostromka, Murakhivka, vicinity of Snihurvka, Prybuzke

  • Ukrainian forces managed to regain full control over Tavrijske settlement.
  • There are reports of Ukrainian counter-attack in the area of Oleksandrivka and Kyselivka. However, these reports are unconfirmed and until we get a better picture of the situation, we have to treat the reports as just rumors.

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The full overview map of current situation.

Maps and article are based on the following sources:

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, official channels of Ukrainian regional administrations, Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), press released of Russian Army, DPR and LPR (taken with a grain of salt)

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Tony

Btw, does anyone know the state of the Russian artillery?
It must not be pretty: their reservists are already being trained on antiquated D-20, the 122mm guns have been retired*, and the wear and tear must be killing their 152mm guns fast given the rhythm at which they’re firing.

*Though Russia has been planning to retire them since 2014 (they stopped 122mm shell productions that year) and apparently only kept them to make up a higher concentration of cannons until ammo stockpiles are spent.

cwDeici

Well well well, Zelenskyy reconfirmed Tavrii’sk as captured.

Take that, inaccurate down-voters, when I reported Kherson Oblast reporting it earlier. :3 yes I can afford to nitpick when I’m right ^^
Either way it’s not a rumor at local government level, it’s an unconfirmed report.
Now confirmed at the Presidential level.
Not confirmed by non-Ukrainian parties, but in general I’ve found Ukrainian casualty estimates to be a bit closer to Russian leaks, than the US only counting confirmed kills. (This is the general opinion among military serious military analysts, rather than publications that always go with the most conservative or even state Russian numbers.)

It was in April when the Ukrainians said 23.5k, the Russian media leaked 20k (and was summarily censored), and the US said 15k confirmed, but very likely higher.

And that is exactly what we should expect, a number in between the two, the US should be too low, since they count visual confirmation, and the Ukrainians too high, since they count unconfirmed kills (but it’s been impressive how close they’ve gotten, most Western WW2 sources went way higher, though we’re much more accurate now, sometimes too high, but also too low, which indicates a reliable bracket.) Russian dissident actions should have been reliable earlier, though I suspect in the future their state may eventually do fake leaks, though perhaps not since they control their media so strictly and maintain their insane numbers.
What we can’t trust and shouldn’t even read is Russian reports, which if they were true would have wiped out the Ukrainian Air Force three times over (tbf they’ve returned out of service jets into service, but not to the point of three times their Air Force, and I suspect the Russians will easily get to x5 and higher eventually…)

Anyway yes, there was progress in Kherson oblast at the village of Tavrii’sk, initially reported by Kherson City Council and reconfirmed by Zelenskyy.

The fog of war may still win out, but this seems very likely now, and it was definitely not a rumor. Local government isn’t just some anonymous posters on the internet after all. The irony goes for us all, but in the end I’m pointing at lower official sources (that were later reconfirmed by higher level official sources, the Ukrainian executive), not rumors, and this time they were right.

Melitopol also seems very likely true since it’s a less foggy fog of war area and we’ve gotten a lot of reports.

Ukraine keeps pushing back very gradually in the south.

May it accelerate. Slava Ukraini 🙂

Last edited 18 days ago by cwDeici
cwDeici

Indeed it was, and I missed your inclusion, but Kherson City Council and the Executive are both official sources (at different levels) that have been reporting on the same counterattacks with slightly different information.

Needle

Can anyone explain why the Russian army started to storm Sloviansk from the north without occupy Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk?  Will this lead to a dispersion of forces and firepower? 

Dolgan

No. They fail to storm sloviansk one month ago. So they concentrate their offensive on an “easy task” : sievierodonesk.

After one month of fight, they are close to capture the north of the river.

Their are rumor of New offensive from izium. Wait and see.

Dispersion of force is a constant in russian strategy.

Nikolow

Hi,

The front is divided in different areas of operation. In the Sloviansk front the Russian 20th and 35th Army groupings are pushing toward Sloviansk. Those two Armies have nothing to do with Lysychansk & Sievierodonetsk front.Their job is to compromise if possible the Ukrainian defensive line from Sloviansk – Krematorsk – Drujivka – Konstiantanivka. That is a retreat line for the Ukrainian troops in Donbass, and the Russians want to breach it, the Ukrainians obviously have no intention of letting that happen. So we will see in this front what happens.

Side note, the Russians are not “storming” they are attacking after reconnaissance, artillery preparation, and then probing attacks.

Now east of this, the battle for Sieverdonets is over from the Russian perspective. The Ukrainians hold the industrial zone, but that is hard to attack for te Russians because it rests with its back on Lysichansk. Lysichanks is on high ground, and overlooks the industrial zone, thus Ukrainian artillery can demolish Russian troop concentrations and have fire correction from the hills if they move against the industrial zone.

Thus the Russians blew the bridge there, so Ukrainains with heavy equipment can not come to reinforce those in the industrial zone. About 600 to 1k of Ukrainians are there baiting the Russians to attack in large numbers so they can destroy them with precise artillery. . Here the Russians see this and are maneuvering their forces out, and only keeping a holding force to skirmish. They will not attack Lesychansk head on and the Ukrainians can’t bring reinforcements with heavy equipment because of the destroyed bridge so the front movement here is over. The two sides are now trading fire, with no side having intention or ability to attack the other.
The Russians will look now probably to cross the Siversky-Donetsk river and create a bridgehead behind Lysichansk. The Ukrainians know this and have already defeated one such attempt. We shall see what happens in the coming weeks.

Hope this helps.

Last edited 17 days ago by Nikolow
mark

@Needel There have been a lot of Russian troops south of Izjoem for a while, they wanted to advance, but had to wait until Lyman and Sviatohirsk were captured. Those towns were backed by a lot of forest, so it took a while to capture those towns and clear the forest. Now Sviatohirsk has been captured the Russian forces South of Izjoem can advance towards Barvinkove or towards Slovjansk.
And yes they make some progress. It looks like the WUF forces didn’t prepare a second line of defense.

Azog

Podolyak indeed said (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61742736) that ‘between 100 and 200 Ukrainian troops are being killed on the front line every day‘ and continued with ‘the “complete lack of parity” between the Russian and Ukrainian armies was the reason for Ukraine’s heavy casualty rate‘. Based on this interview it doesn’t follow at all that at this point ‘the Russian casualties are much higher‘.

In fact it can be argued that after changing the tactics Russian casualties are considerably lower than Ukrainian. Russians ditched the idea of using WW2-style massive pincers around Donbass apparently because that would require serious advantage in personnel and higher losses. Instead this war is resembling WW1 now. Even the tanks are pretty much used as they were back then – infantry support, not in the way Guderian envisaged it. And artillery rules.

As I understand an ‘attack’ on a long-term fortified position looks approximately like this:
1. recon, identifying the enemy position. Often there is no need to throw in troops for that, as the drones have made a little revolution here.
2. artillery barrage which can last for weeks. It Russian this is called “огневой вал” (literally – wall of fire). The idea is to suppress both enemy artillery and troops.
3. covered by artillery fire, an assault group moves in (on foot or on wheels). Elite troops armed with explosives, grenade and rocket launchers. Their task is to get close and attack while shell-shocked defenders are hiding in shelters. If they are met with resistance or there is an artillery firing at them they pull back.
4. If #3 is successful, regular infantry moves in and cleans up the place (kills/captures everyone who’s still there). If not go to #1, repeat.
Once key point of the defense line is taken (e.g. Popasnaya), the entire line is compromised and defenders have to fall back and try to organize the new defense line.

There is nothing terribly new here, WW1 trench warfare worked pretty much like this. Given Russian advantage in artillery (and air superiority) it’s understandable why:
– Russians – slowly but steady – are moving forward despite not having numerical advantage
– Ukrainians are asking for artillery from the West. In fact for hundreds and thousands of guns, otherwise it’s just pointless

PS Some colleagues are complaining about the abundance of ‘pro-Russian’ comments. I am neither pro-Russian nor pro-Ukrainian, I am not legally associated with either, but I hate this war more than any other in the last 30 years because I have personal connections on both sides. And generally I don’t like black-and-white answers to complicated issues, and with this in mind I reserve the right to stay neutral, and if my comment isn’t ‘pro-Ukrainian’ enough to some, they are by all means welcome to dislike it.

PPS Respect to Jerome for trying to stay critical and not posting rumours about Kherson

PPP

I think your right. Except that #3 will still result in a lot of casualties on the attacking side. Don’t overestimate the use of artillery. It is mainly like you said to suppress and compromise defensive positions, shell shock defenders and wreak havoc. If you send in sub-par infantry after that you will still suffer serious losses. Above that you’ll look like a nation with a morality of well over 100 years ago that’s capturing nothing but rubble. On the long term there is just no victory here whatsoever.

Azog

Absolutely, conducting offensive operations in positional warfare requires certain skills and it’s certainly not a golden hammer. It’s successful only if a) the troops know what they are doing and b) supplies is not a problem.
I am afraid there is no way to capture a settlement by military means without more or less destroying it in the process. The only way to avoid it is just not to fight in the cities, but it’s just far too tempting for the defenders.

Dolgan

Counter example : melitopol, kherson or Bagdad.

With speed and large superiority, you can capture large territory with only à few fights.

PPP

I would opt for “less” while Russia clearly opts for “more”. But yes you are right. Therefor in general I think it is better to not try to rage war at all unless absolutely unavoidable.

Dolgan

Be honest. You are not neutral. Only pro russian. With only Black on White post.

Russian are attacking more than ukrainian. Law of war say, they lose more troop than defender.

They advance with à lot of difficulties since 1 month. Their lost cant be lower than ukrainian.

Azog

There is enough pro-Ukrainian rhetoric flying around and quite a lot of it is – imho – quite stupid, but fair enough. Here’s my emotional, whining, ’50 shades of grey’ post.
I don’t like anybody in this conflict at all.

  • I don’t like Russia because they invaded Ukraine, which formally means she is an aggressor. Now, I don’t know if it happened because Putin forgot his pills in the morning or because he had legitimate concerns about national security. I suspect the latter but fact remains a fact, Russia is an aggressor and I don’t like it at all. Whether there was a better solution, I don’t know, maybe one day we’ll learn the truth. Or we won’t (I still cannot give a simple answer to what US were doing in Iraq in 2003 for example, or in a bunch of other wars for that matter).
  • I don’t like Ukraine because I think their government consists of idiots and clowns. They could have – relatively easy – avoided the war, instead they chose to be TV heroes and now they can lose their country completely. And yes, because of Azov regiment.
  • I don’t like UK/EU because they have no idea what they are doing. They could have prevented this war, but who cares, it’s much easier to scream “Russian orcs bad!!!” now than to think ahead.
  • I don’t like the US because they are simply playing their geopolitical games. Their target is China, Russia is just a sideshow. If Ukraine is completely destroyed, not a big deal assuming it happens after mid-term elections. We’ll even give them a bunch of money (I suspect lot’s of people will mysteriously get rich because of it)

I stand corrected, I like China in fact because she is like a clever monkey, sitting on a tree watching the tigers fight. Just like the rest of the world by the way. At least for now.

David Hoy

Hello Azog, I am American, live in America and support Ukraine. Sorry to hear you don’t like the US. I will leave the prognostications about geopolitical machinations to others, but just fyi personally I will continue to support Ukraine’s desire to control their own future, until this war ends, whenever that is. The overall reaction I personally have to this tragedy of war is great sadness, not a desire to take advantage of it.

I wish this war had never happened. Don’t enjoy seeing Ukranians or Russians dying in this way. I see Russia unnecessarily sacrificing a significant portion of a generation of its young people, and its economy. The heirs of Tolstoy have mightily pooped in their own beds. I see thousands of Ukranians getting maimed and dying, so many cities and families being destroyed, because they understandably want to control how they live and work and what opportunities their children will have. What country’s citizens would ever voluntarily join the Russian Federation?

I can not argue about the military methods and equipment of each side, am not knowledgeable about such topics. But in the end the fight Ukraine has put up, the help they have been able to garner, should maybe have made Russians think twice. That doesn’t seem to be happening. Multiple private and public figures in Russia call for more bloodshed, talk about wider war and conquest, say racist or denigrating things about Ukraine, double down. So there is more bloodshed to come. Its terrible. What is really unfortunate is that these two nations could have been friends to each other, there are so many similarities. Now it may be many generations before that could ever happen.

Thanks to Jerome and others who help to explain what is happening.

Azog

Hello David,
Thank you for being polite, and personally I share most of your sentiments about the war. It’s a tragedy, no questions here. What’s more, there are literally fathers and sons fighting on different sides. And by the way, when I said I don’t like America, I meant that I am not in favor of everything American government has done (and is doing). This is my emotional response, intellectually I get it. Having said that, I have friends, colleagues and even relatives in NJ and NY, America is undoubtedly a great nation and – disclamer – my stated dislike is in no way aimed at Americans in general (as it is not aimed at Ukrainians, Russians or Europeans).
To the point, I respect your opinion, but both Ukraine and Russia and their relationships are complicated. To make a long story short, when USSR collapsed, the divorse was peaceful, but apparently not old grudges were resolved. Now, when the time is ‘right’ they surfaced. It’s just how the world works. And we have a civil war fueled by both Russia and the West, who pursued their own agendas. Over the last 3 months, after Russia actually intervened, I have heard and read all kinds of racist and denigrating things about both parties. I don’t have to like it and I don’t have to automatically agree to all these fireworks in the Western media without critical thought. No saints here, everybody contributes.
About Tolstoy (read it recently somewhere):
– what would have Tolstoy said if he new his ancestors would be fighting in Ukraine?
– Leutenant Tolstoy – in similar circumstances – would have said:”Battery, fire!”
Sad truth of the world we are living in

sszorin

“or because he had legitimate concerns about national security”

Not at all “concerns about national security”.
That is a fairy tale for stupid little working and tax-paying people.
The cause of the war is Russian chauvinism, their perpetual greed and hunger for more land, and a Mongolian horde-like mentality and culture.
“Concerns about national security” is an excuse, a PRETEXT, for the war, and not its CAUSE.
When some 80 years ago Stalin’s Soviet Russia attacked little Finland the invasion was justified under the pretext of “security of the Soviet Union” and “liberation of the proletariat of Finland from fascist oppression”. Here we go, the Russian sick mentality has not changed in 80 years and then even in centuries – we are still in Ivan the Terrible’s and Stalin’s eras of “concerns about national security” and “liberating oppressed people”.

 (I still cannot give a simple answer to what US were doing in Iraq in 2003″

THAT was a Jewish war. A war fought on behalf of Israel. This “s h i t t y little country” [I am quoting precisely the words of a French diplomat] had a problem with Saddam Hussein and with his Baath party. This s. l. country then engineered a proxy war against Iraq. The proxy donkeys fighting, dying, and wasting their money in service to Israel were the Americans

“They could have – relatively easy – avoided the war”

That is a nonsensical statement. Putin decided on the war on Ukraine as soon as he came to power, over 20 years ago. He has waited for the right opportunity and time. When he came to power the treasury of Russia was empty, due to relatively low prices of crude oil and gas, which are the main money-earning exports of Russia

“instead they chose to be TV heroes”

Please ! Only children in a kindergarten think like that.

“I don’t like the US ….”

This portion of your comment needs re-writing. After you learn more about the US and about geo-politics.

rock

I guess I don’t have enough information. How could Ukraine avoid war without losing sovereignty and/or territory?

Henry Whitworth

They couldn’t.

That’s all this is. Russian imperialism with shades of genocide. They deny Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation, invade their borders, destroy their towns with artillery and rape and pillage among the people. All this bloviating about how “Both Sides” are to blame is, most certainly, an argument in defense of Russia. The only way to end the war in the shortest time at this point is to arm Ukraine with enough weapons that they can break Putin’s army and drive it out of their country. Any other settlement means endless occupation and many years of wars.

Noelle

There are two elements missing which are needed to be clarified (if ever shall be). Russia uses, sometimes in mass, forces from the rebelious republics and mercenaries. They do not consider their loses as their own. Taking (with the garin of salt) what e.g. the Murz was writting about the matter (relationships with command, equipment, proficiency etc.) losses there, especially from republics, might be horrible. There are also late losses which conveniently (for both parties) are usually not counted as KIA.

Ad 2. This is tremendous strain on the artillery piece and after these months it’s hard to say in which shape their barrels are actually are. Well, if you shoot enough rounds you will hit something, eventually, but increasing level of inaccuracy shouldn’t be ignored. “Only Lenin knows” if the Russians are able to maintain them (art. pieces) properly and timely reinforce these broken beyond repair. Especially that the rocket artillery is really heavy for supporting with the material.
Paradoxally because of lack of ammunition this problem does not affect Ukraine that much atm. though deepens firepower disadvantage.

Azog

Good points. Regarding the artillery barrel erosion, it was a HUGE problem for WW1 era naval guns. It is less prominent for modern artillery (lesser calibers and better materuals) , but its still present of course and for both sides. I guess it’s safe to put it under logistics. Just like munitions must be delivered, the barrels must be maintained/replaced.

Noelle

that was an actual problem even earlier [see: https://wartranslated.com/russia_dpr_artillery_standard/ this is translater to English, I used the origin while researching: https://kenigtiger.livejournal.com/2149257.html ] – since obviously I have no access to the reality at the front and Russian MoD does not even acknowledge any evident problems, how this affects regular RUssian artillery is unknown.

Azog

thanks for the link, interesting

vachefolle

thinking that Russia losses are lower than Ukr is fully stupid. In city fights like sov, attackers suffer larger losses than defenders. The fact is basically than Russia is hiding all losses.
Soon the number of identified Russia Generals KIA will be superior of the official number of Russia death…

But if you know how to compute a little bit, 100 deaths per day during 100 days, means only 10 000.
More or less there shall be 30/35k soldiers dead on both sides since the beginning of the war, PLUS probably 40/50k of Ukrainians civils killed by Orcs shelling (hospital, schools, playground, …) PLUS 10ke Russian mercenaries (Bloody syrians, others).

The only thing true in your Russia basic propaganda is that at the beginning of the war, Russian losses was significantly larger than Ukr one. Now this is probably more or less equal.

hjkjklklme

The reason why the losses could be similar or worse for Russia is because to counter artillery, Ukrainian troops seem to stay as close as possible to the Russian ones, which leads to a lot of close combat, which is the actual cause of heavy losses, not the artillery. Russians use a lot of DNR and LNR conscripts too in the area, which are poorly equipped – most don’t even have body armor, which makes them very vulnerable.

Azog

Similar tactics was used in Stalingrad’42 and I guess it makes sense in urban combat. Bur how can you stay closer to the enemy on open terrain? Especially if you’re occupying a fortified position which cannot be moved quickly?

Colin

It is well known that the ruzzians are standing back shelling and letting dpr/lpr separatist forces do the ground fighting and take the hits.

Johnny

And they don’t count in Orc casualty numbers anyway (even if they would report them).

cwDeici

Ukrainian losses are about 80 a day (per Zelenskyy’s note of 60-100 on average), and Russian losses are about 100-200 per day.

You can confabulate numbers out of thin air while being neutral about genocidal murderer rapists who claim to have destroyed the Ukrainian Air Force three times over and rising, but you’re blatantly wrong.

Anyone who takes Russian numbers seriously at all is intellectually bankrupt.

Last edited 17 days ago by cwDeici
cwDeici

Like it or not, a site like this with sufficient information to require the censorship of some of the chits on the map will be a part of the InfoWar landscape.
In other words this is a part of the battlefield and all pro Russian posters should be banned.

This is not anti-democratic, Churchill, Roosevelt, Zelenskyy, all wartime democratic leaders have had to tighten rules during times of war.

Last edited 18 days ago by cwDeici
PPP

I can relate to the skewed up and downvotes as of late. But this platform is very basic, you can easily vote multiple times / use a bot / post as someone else etc.. I don’t agree to shut anything down, it does not feel as a solution. I trust most people to look through all this and focus on the information, views and opinions. Even if there are genuine Russian infiltrators here, I would still be curious how they think and what moves them. I’m not afraid anybody gives certain posts / posters more weight than they deserve.

Dolgan

2 days ago, reports of russian shelling against ivanivka on M-03. South to chkalosvke. No idea when ukr counterattack in this area.

cwDeici

Also, feels like we’re missing news about 5-7 km frontage gained over the last two weeks in Zaphorizia in the Melitopol direction, albeit the Ukrainian MoD is playing it closer to the chest these days with the exact terrain.

Last edited 18 days ago by cwDeici
cwDeici

I wouldn’t consider the news in Kherson to be rumors, it’s the Kherson City Council. Not the Ukrainian MoD, but it ranks above rumor as the local government.

cwDeici

I see, thank you for your clarification. 🙂

cwDeici

I just saw a report from Zelenskyy from yesterday that confirmed Tavrii’sk

Seems like it’s real

Augusto14

This might deserve consideration:

Nathan Ruser on Twitter: “Specifically I refined the frontlines around Izyum, Popasna and Velyka Novosilka based on satellite imagery. The previous frontlines are shown as lines on these maps. https://t.co/7yLEAMvW8i” / Twitter

As N. Ruser explains further: “The process of doing this was entirely erasing the frontlines in these areas then drawing points of satellite-identifiable positions from both sides (including tracks and roads) and then joining these points together.”

South of Izium, N. Ruser couldn’t identify any indication of Russian presence anymore south of the line Virnopillya – Dovhenke (but is the latter now seeing as Russian-controlled). In another tweet, he has also stated that recent satellite pictures don’t show any kind of Russian pontoon bridges between Svyatohirsk and Tetyanivka.

On the Southern Donezk Oblast frontline, he sees Novomaiorske as Russian-controlled, while Volodymyrivka might be no-man’s-land (recent postings by the UA MoD even suggest it might be Ukrainian-controlled by now).

Note also that he still sees the Zarichne-Khotimlya-pocket in Vovchansk Rayon as outside of Russian control, albeit not neccesarily safely in Ukrainian hands. NASA FIRMS indicates quite some artillery shelling currently taking place in and around Zarichne and Buhaivka.