In this 481st day of fighting, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar confirmed the capture of the village of Pyatikhatki in the Zaporizhia region. “During two weeks of offensive operations in the Berdyansk and Melitopol directions, the units of the Tavria brigade liberated 8 places: Novodarivka, Levatne, Storoshev, Makharivka, Blakotadne, Lobkov, Neskuchne, Piadikatki.” “Units from the total. Tavria sector advanced to a distance of 7 km into enemy territory. The liberated area to the south is 113 km2″, she added in a message telegram.
In his daily update on the situation, Institute for War Studies (ISW, Institute for the Study of War, an American think tank) clarifies that Ukrainian forces continued their counteroffensive operations on June 18 in at least four divisions and that they have achieved “Limited territorial gains.” But then he notes: “Ukrainian forces may have temporarily halted counteroffensive operations to review tactics for future operations.” when adding “Operational interruptions are a common feature of large attacks.”
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