The threat of missile and air strikes on military and civilian infrastructure facilities of Ukraine from the territory of Belarus remains unchanged. In addition, the recruitment of so-called “volunteers” is ongoing in the republic.
“As of 06:00 on April 8, the enemy is preparing for the offensive in eastern Ukraine. The Russian invaders continue to focus the main efforts on the capture of Mariupol, the offensive in the area of the town of Izium, and the breakthrough of the defenses of the Joint Forces in Donetsk direction,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted on Facebook.
In the Southern Buh direction, the enemy tries to prevent the advance of Ukrainian troops.
The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus carry out operational and combat training activities at the training areas throughout the country. Four battalion tactical groups have been deployed to strengthen the protection of the Ukraine–Belarus border.
According to the General Staff, there is still a possibility of missile and air strikes on the military and civilian infrastructure facilities of Ukraine from the territory of Belarus.
In addition, so-called “volunteers” are being recruited in the territory of the Republic of Belarus to staff new units of a private military company. The information is being clarified.
It has been established that the Russian Federation is completing the restoration of the combat capability of Central Military District units in Bryansk and Kursk regions.
Separate units of the 6th Combined Arms Army, 20th Combined Arms Army, 1st Guards Tank Army, Coastal Troops of the Baltic Fleet and the Northern Fleet are engaged in operational equipment of the territory.
According to the General Staff, the enemy focuses on the reconstruction of railway sections from the town of Kupyansk towards Kharkiv, Izium, and Svatovo. For this purpose, units of the railway troops of the 38th separate railway brigade of the Western Military District from Yaroslavl were involved.
In Kharkiv direction, the enemy continues to block Kharkiv city. The invaders set up minefields to prevent Ukrainian troops from advancing.
In the temporarily occupied town of Izium, representatives of the so-called “DPR” perform the functions of the local “police”, illegally check the documents, search persons and premises of the local population.
The invaders focus their efforts on taking control of Popasna and Rubizhne, as well as on establishing control over Mariupol.
The enemy continues to carry out assault operations in most directions, launch airstrikes and shell civilian infrastructure, in particular with the use of multiple-launch rocket systems.
These actions were recorded in the areas of the following populated localities: Kreminna, Sievierodonetsk, Novotoshkivske, Popasna, Novozvanivka, Sukha Balka, Novoselivka Druha, Stepne, Troitske, Novobahmutivka, Marinka, and Solodke.
In the areas of Rubizhne, Popasna, Nyzhnie, Novotoshkivske, Zolote, and Borivske, the invaders tried to carry out assault operations but failed.
In the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian defenders repulsed seven enemy attacks, destroyed four tanks, two artillery systems, ten armored vehicles, and eleven vehicles of the enemy.
Ukraine’s Air Force aviation continue to strike the places of concentration of Russian troops.
As reported, the combat losses of the Russian military totalled about 18,900 people as of April 7.