Illustration photo – The body of a dead Russian soldier in a field near Kyiv on April 27, 2022.
Kyiv – Total Russian losses since the outbreak of war in Ukraine reached 150,605 soldiers, of 715 of them fell on Wednesday's fighting, the Ukrainian General Staff said today. During the past day, according to him, Ukrainian forces repelled more than 170 enemy attacks on five sections of the front. These data cannot be verified from independent sources in wartime conditions.
“The enemy is making the main effort to conduct offensive operations in the direction of Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdijivka and Shakhtarsk,” the Ukrainian command claims, noting that these attacks failed, Ukrainian defenders repulsed them. In the south of Ukraine, in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, the Russians are concentrating on strengthening defensive positions and creating conditions for the transition to attack. At the same time, the staff warns of the threat of Russian missile attacks, which continues throughout the country.
British military intelligence predicts that the spring warming will help the Ukrainian defenses of Bakhmut, as the thaw will muddy the terrain and make it difficult for the enemy to move armored vehicles off paved roads.< /p>
Analysts of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), in turn, warn that Russia could escalate threats against the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which Russian forces seized shortly after the invasion of Ukraine, in order to prevent an expected counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces.