Russian troops continue their offensive in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over the Donetsk and Luhansk region.
According to Ukrinform, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said this in a situation report as of 06:00 on April 26.
According to the report, the enemy is carrying out assault operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to defeat Ukrainian Joint Forces and establish full control over the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and create a land corridor between the Donbas region and the occupied Crimea.
In the regions of Bryansk, Kursk and Belgorod close to Ukraine, the enemy has strengthened the protection of the Russian border and checkpoints. Russian invaders have stepped up anti-sabotage measures in the border areas.
Near Kharkiv, the enemy is strengthening its grouping of troops, continuing to partially block the city and firing on the positions of Ukrainian defenders and critical infrastructure.
The invaders are trying to advance towards the settlement of Zavody. Fighting continues.
In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the Russian enemy is moving command and control points closer to the line of combat.
The enemy fires on the positions of Ukrainian troops using mortars, artillery and multiple rocket launchers along the entire line of contact. In the Sievierodonetsk area, the enemy is fighting in the area of the settlement of Rubizhne. In the Popasna area, the enemy is trying to capture Popasna, the battles continue. In the Avdiivka area, the enemy tries to conduct offensive operations and has no success.
In the Kurakhove area, the enemy unsuccessfully carried out offensive operations in the direction of the settlements of Novomykhailivka and Marinka. In the Zaporizhzhia area, the enemy is conducting offensive operations in the direction of the settlement of Trudoliubivka, fighting continues.
The enemy is shelling and blocking Ukrainian units in the area of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
In the south of the country, the enemy fired at Ukrainian positions along the entire line of contact. Reconnaissance activity around the administrative border of the Mykolaiv region was recorded.
Outside the settlement of Velyka Oleksandrivka, Kherson region, Ukrainian defenders destroyed an ammunition depot and a large number of enemy personnel (more than 70 people were killed). The exact number of casualties is being clarified.
Russian invaders also suffered casualties in the area of Novodmytrivka and Bilousovo. The Russian occupiers continue to plunder the local population in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
Units of the Russian armed forces are attempting to conduct air reconnaissance over the territory of the Odesa region. They sustain losses.
A grouping of the Ukrainian Air Force struck ten air targets of the enemy on April 25, including three aircraft, four operational-tactical UAVs and three cruise missiles.
In the past 24 hours, Ukrainian troops repulsed six enemy attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, destroying four tanks, five artillery systems, 13 armored vehicles, 15 motor vehicles, two fuel tankers and one anti-aircraft gun.