As Ukrainian units press their offensive in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Russian forces are trying to gain ground elsewhere, according to the Ukrainian military.
In its latest bulletin, the Army General Staff said that the Ukrainian units had succeeded in repelling the Russian attacks About the city of Bakhmutwhile Russian artillery and air strikes continued to bombard settlements near the front lines across Donetsk.
The army stated that “the enemy carried out during the day two missile strikes, eight air strikes and 13 strikes by artillery rocket systems.”
The General Staff said that there were also mortars and Russian tanks in the Zaporizhia region.
Loot Claims: The army claimed that in the Kharkiv and Luhansk regions, there was widespread looting from the retreating Russian troops.
The General Staff said that on the Starobilsk-Luhansk highway, in the direction of Luhansk, “about 300 civilian cars, mostly with government license plates, were seen in the Kharkiv region – mostly on trailers driven by Russian military personnel.”
She claimed that in the south, around the city of Bulohi, Russian troops were also stealing private cars. And in Nova Kakhovka, in the Kherson region, “the Russians began to massively remove furniture and household appliances from temporarily abandoned settlements.”
CNN is unable to confirm the military’s claims, but there has been extensive evidence of looting in Kharkiv and other formerly occupied Russian regions.
Military Shortage Claims: The General Staff also claimed that the Russian military was in the process of raising cadets’ graduation from some Defense Ministry academies, such as the Black Sea Naval Higher School, to make up for the shortfall in junior officers.
The General Staff stressed that “the shortage of tactical commanders is due to the reserve officers’ refusal to sign contracts amid recent events, and the morale and psychological state of enemy personnel continues to deteriorate.” “A large number of soldiers do not return to the military units after the end of their vacations,” he added.
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