Illustration photo – Abandoned Russian tanks stand on the road in the liberated Ukrainian city of Kupyansk, October 1, 2022.
Kyiv – Russian troops have stopped trying to advance on the northernmost extremity of the Ukrainian front, near the towns of Lyman and Kupjansk, the Ukrainian General Staff reports today in its regular assessment of the situation on the battlefield. In Kupyansk today, however, Russia struck a museum building, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said. At least one person was killed in the attack, others are trapped under the rubble.
According to Ukrainian media, a Russian S-300 missile hit the museum building in Kupyansk. One museum employee was killed and ten people were injured. Three of them were hospitalized. At least two people remain under the rubble, according to the Russian-language BBC server, Oleh Syněhubov, the head of the Kharkiv region.
The Russian army continues to strengthen its positions in several places around Kupyansk. At the same time, it is carrying out artillery and mortar attacks on nearby villages in the Kharkiv and Luhansk regions, the Ukrainian General Staff said.
According to Kyiv, the biggest fighting on the front continues in the area of Bakhmut, Marjinka and Avdijivka, although the Ukrainian army does not report Russian advances in any of the sectors. Unofficial sources from both sides reported to the BBC on Monday that mercenaries of Wagner's private deployment group in Bakhmut had achieved minor successes in the western districts of the city.
Offensive operations in the direction of Lyman, which lies in northeastern Ukraine according to the Ukrainian General Staff they stopped. As in the case of Kupyansk, however, the Russians are shelling the surrounding villages in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
British military intelligence points out in its regular review that during this month the average daily loss rate of Russian troops in Ukraine very likely dropped by around 30 percent compared to the extremely heavy Russian losses in January-March of this year. Figures released by the Ukrainian General Staff indicate a reduction in Russian losses from a daily average of 776 troops in March to 568 now.
British intelligence said it could not verify the accuracy of the Ukrainian figures, but the general trend appeared to be correct. Russian losses are very likely to have decreased as Russia's attempted winter offensive failed and Russian forces are now concentrating on preparing defenses against an expected Ukrainian counter-offensive.