The Russian-Ukrainian War of 2022 (News and battle updates)

Possible boiler north of Popasna

"Units of the "O" group, together with the forces of the LPR, cleared Toshkivka and are moving towards Myrna Dolyna, demilitarizing enemy positions with artillery."

"War correspondent Alexander Kots posted a video of the fighting on the outskirts of Lisichansk. The video allows you to clarify the "fog of war" in this sector of the front.

▪️ After the completion of the cleansing of Toshkivka, the allied forces develop an offensive against Lysychansk from the south.
▪️ The video shows battles in the area of Myrna Dolyna, Pidlisne is visible to the left of the frame.
▪️ Three Russian tanks are moving out of Toshkivka towards Pidlisne - Rai-Oleksandrivka. This is the last road connecting the forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Gorskoye / Hirske - Zolotoye / Zolote section with the main grouping of Ukrainian forces.

▪️ It is likely that now the boiler is completely closed.

▪️ Far to the north, smoke rises over the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk agglomeration."

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Map is ukrainian sourced - actual positions are most likely different


"The situation near Popasna as of 13:00 /Moscow time/ June 22, 2022
By one o'clock in the afternoon, the boiler in the Soledar direction took shape completely. Allied forces took Ustynivka and Pidlisne.
Now the fighting is going on in Loskutivka itself and Rai-Oleksandrivka. By the end of the day, the settlements should completely come under the control of the allied forces."
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"Soldiers of the "Ghost" battalion cut the road connecting Gorskoye and Lisichansk. Trophies were captured during the battle, including shots for a Bulgarian-made automatic grenade launcher, a thermal imager and an RGW RPG supplied from NATO countries."

"The LPR army officially confirms the complete encirclement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine grouping in Gorskoye and Zolotoye. Thus, June 22 will be officially considered the day of the formation of the Gorskoye-Zolotoye Cauldron. The operational encirclement took place a few days earlier."
Andrey Marochko - spokesman for the People's Militia of the LPR


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Foreign fighters starting to feel the heat:

"Ukrainian channels are circulating information about the Pentagon instructing American private military companies (mercenaries) operating in Ukraine to withdraw all US citizens from Ukraine within a month."

It's possible that the Biden administration is increasingly spooked by the prospect of more Americans being taken as POWs.
"The LPR army officially confirms the complete encirclement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine grouping in Gorskoye and Zolotoye. Thus, June 22 will be officially considered the day of the formation of the Gorskoye-Zolotoye Cauldron. The operational encirclement took place a few days earlier."
Andrey Marochko - spokesman for the People's Militia of the LPR

"In the Donbass, the allied forces completed the encirclement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Gorskoye-Zolotoye and reached the southern outskirts of Lisichansk.

➖ Units of the RF Armed Forces liberated Pidlisne and Loskutivka, closing the ring around the APU grouping in Zolote and Hirske from the east.
➖ From the west, the 6 Cossack regiment of the LPR, advancing from the direction of Vrubivka, joined them, which knocked out Ukrainian units from the dominant heights in Rai-Oleksandrivka.
➖ Using the disorderly retreat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Rai-Oleksandrivka, units of the RF Armed Forces reached the outskirts of Vovchoyarivka. Its capture will make it possible to establish fire control over the Seversk-Lisichansk highway from the south and actually encircle the AFU grouping in the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk agglomeration.
➖ Allied forces completed the cleansing of Ustinovka and reached the outskirts of Bila Hora. On the southern outskirts of Zolote, the suburban village of Katerynivka was taken."
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Lugansk front update

No photo confirmation at this point, but if Russian/LPR troops took Volcheyarovka/Vovchoyarivka that means Lisichansk is in "operational environment" - every inch of the city is in range of artillery, and all roads, even country roads are under full artillery fire control.
Around 15 kilometers left to close the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk cauldron.

"The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the LPR declares that the complete blocking of Lisichansk and Severodonetsk (the development of the operational environment into a full-fledged boiler) will take place within a maximum of a week."
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Severodonetsk-Lisichansk - map 23.06.2022
"The situation in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk direction as of 17:00 /Moscow time/ June 23, 2022

▪️ Units of the RF Armed Forces, having broken through the enemy’s defenses, completed the encirclement of the AFU grouping in Hirske-Zolote.
➖ Allied troops are cleaning the boiler - Katerynivka, Zolote-4, Zolote-3 (Stakhanov), Novoivanivka, the area of the "Karbonit" mine in Hirske were liberated.
➖ There are at least 4 battalions from the 24th mechanized brigade, 57th motorized brigade and 10th mountain assault brigade in the environment in Hirske, Zolote and suburbs.

▪️ Developing the offensive, the allied forces reached the southern outskirts of Lisichansk.
➖ The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, pursuing the retreating units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, liberated the southern part of Vovchoyarivka and established fire control over the Lisichansk-Seversk highway from the south. This was the last supply route for the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Ukrainian army in Lisichansk and Severodonetsk is in operational encirclement.
➖ Fierce fighting unfolded in the industrial zones on the southern outskirts of Lisichansk, where units of the 24th mechanized brigade, 80th air assault brigade, and 110th brigade of the territorial defense hold positions at the gelatin plant and the rubber products plant.
➖ Separate enemy units are trying to leave Lisichansk. There are both attempts at an organized exit from the city, and flight as part of columns with civilians. Columns with military equipment are subjected to fire damage by rocket and cannon artillery guns.
➖ There is an intensive shelling of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in certain areas of Severodonetsk. Units of the 79th Airborne Brigade are suffering heavy losses."
Quick Lugansk front update:

- LPR troops took Mykolaivka
- Gorskoye-Zolotoye boiler is "boiling", Russians went in and the ukrainians are surrendering in small, disorganized groups.
- Some ukrainian troops attempted to leave Lisichansk
"LPR/DPR news aggregator Subscribers tell us:
All types of weapons, including aircraft and high-precision missiles, are working against the Ukrainians trying to retreat from Lisichansk.
All roads from the western part to Lisichansk are on fire. The column of ukrov from the turn of Melnikov to the dispensary was completely destroyed."

"Enemy units encircled in Gorskoye and Zolote according to the RF Ministry of Defense:
3rd Battalion - 24th Mechanized Brigade,
15th Battalion - 128th Mountain Assault Brigade
42nd Battalion - 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade
70th Battalion - 101st Territorial Defense Brigade
Brigade artillery group of the 57th motorized infantry brigade
Formation of the Nazis of the "Right Sector"
Detachment of foreign mercenaries."

"TASS reports that more than 800 enemy soldiers and officers have surrendered over the past 2 days in the Lisichansk region. Thus, in terms of the number of prisoners, the defeat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Lisichansk has already surpassed the loss of prisoners near Ilovaisk and Debaltseve, and apparently the figure will grow to Mariupol proportions." - waiting for photo confirmation on that.

Ukrainians of course announced successful retreat, mission accomplished, no man left behind - just like in Mariupol

"Ukrainian forces in Severodonetsk have been ordered to withdraw, according to the top regional official."

Good luck with that - they will have to swim across the river, or go under heavy Russian fire to the Leninskyi bridge in the suburbs, and that bridge is in critical condition and under Russian artillery fire control

According to ukrainians, Russian army aviation is destroying roads and bridges west of Lisichansk to prevent withdrawal of heavy equipment:

"The Russians helicopters destroy the roads and bridges leading to Lysychansk
"The orcs struck air strikes at the entrance to Lysychansk. The bridge was damaged, only cars will be able to pass through it now, the truck will not pass to the city," the head of the Luhansk regional military administration Serhiy Haidai"

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Kharkiv - map 24.06.2022
"The situation in the Kharkiv region as of 14:00 /Moscow time/ June 24, 2022
▪️ To the north of Kharkiv, the RF Armed Forces are attacking the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Fights are going on in the vicinity of Verkhnii Saltiv and Pytomnyk.
▪️ The parties are engaged in artillery duels on the line of contact - Russian troops attacked Udy, Bezruky, Odnorobivka and Baranivka, in the last two settlements Ukrainian army posted troops with MANPADS.
▪️ For reconnaissance the Armed Forces of Ukraine use the Leleka-100 UAV. According to the identified targets, the Ukrainian formations intend to use MLRS launchers deployed in Fedorivka.
▪️ In the Izyum direction, the Ukrainian command continues to use sabotage and reconnaissance groups in the Izyum forest.
▪️ A Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft was shot down by Russian air defense crews in the area of Dolgenkiy. In addition, enemy UAVs were destroyed in the vicinity of Verbovka and Donetsk, Kharkiv region."
Bakhmut/Artemovsk - Soledar - map 24.06.2022
"The situation in the Soledar-Bakhmut direction as of 20:00 /Moscow time/ June 24, 2022
▪️ The units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, are preparing for the defense of Bakhmut/Artemovsk. Due to heavy losses in reconnaissance equipment, Ukrainian units use advanced observers to monitor the movement of the Russian Armed Forces behind the front line.
▪️ Ukrainian forces in Bakhmut and Soledar carried out a series of missile strikes on the settlements of Stakhanov, Bryanka, Teplichnoye.
▪️ In addition, shelling of the western part of Horlivka was recorded.
▪️ In the area of Klynove and Pokrovske artillery duels continue. The Wagner PMC units operating in this direction have not yet taken active offensive actions.
▪️ Fighting continues on the section of the Bakhmut-Lisichansk highway between Yakovlivka and Berestove.
▪️ Additional units of the 72nd mechanized brigade and 26th artillery brigade arrived near New York to strike at Russian positions and distract them from the Soledar and Lugansk directions.
▪️ The forces of the 112th Terodefense Brigade were withdrawn to Kostyantinivka/Konstantinovka to restore combat capability."
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Severodonetsk-Lisichansk - map 24.06.2022
"The situation in the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk direction as of 22:00 /Moscow time/ June 24, 2022

❗️ The Southern Group of Forces under the command of General of the Army Surovikin completed the defeat of the encircled grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the "Hirske boiler". Russian troops and units of the People's Militia of the LPR liberated the settlements of Hirske/Gorskoye and Zolote/Zolotoye. There were up to two thousand people in the cauldron: about 1800 military personnel, 120 Nazis of the "Right Sector", up to 80 foreign mercenaries; as well as more than 40 units of armored combat vehicles and about 80 artillery guns and mortars.

❗️ Formations and military units of the group of forces "Center" under the command of Colonel General Lapin having broken through the well-prepared defense of the Ukrainian troops, they defeated the opposing enemy, and, developing the offensive, blocked the city of Lisichansk from the south. Within five days, they liberated 11 settlements.

▪️ Fierce battles are going on in industrial areas on the southern outskirts of Lisichansk at a gelatin plant and a rubber products plant. Militia units are cleaning up the Lisichansk glass factory.
▪️ Tank subunits of the 17th tank brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine fire indiscriminately in order to deter the offensive of the RF Armed Forces in the south of Lisichansk.
▪️ Despite the artillery fire control of roads from Lisichansk a partial withdrawal of forces to reserve positions began. At the same time, some units arbitrarily leave their positions - 60 servicemen of the 57th motorized brigade retreated from the given lines.
▪️ There is an intensive shelling of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in certain areas of Severodonetsk and Lisichansk. The remaining units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to leave Severodonetsk independently forcing the Seversky Donets River.
▪️ Artillery units and aviation of the RF Armed Forces destroyed the fortified areas of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Maloryazantseve and Novodruzhesk."