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Russia’s war on Ukraine. 04.06.2024

In the operational zone of the Ukrainian Operational Group of Forces (OTG) “Kharkiv” on the Kharkiv direction, the enemy attacked the positions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces 6 times in the areas of Lyptsi and Vovchansk. 5 attacks were repelled, and the battle continues in the Vovchansk area.

In the “Khortytsia” Operational-Strategic Group of Forces (OSG) operational zone on the Kupyansk direction, the situation has not significantly changed, with tension persisting in the areas of Berestove and Stelmakhivka. The enemy’s attempts to advance towards Synkivka, Nevske, and Terny failed. The Siversk direction remains one of the most intense. Russian forces made 24 attempts to infiltrate the positions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in the areas of Bilohorivka, Rozdolivka, Ivano-Dariivka, Verkhnyokamianske, and Vyimka. 15 attacks were repelled, and 9 combat engagements are ongoing. The Ukrainian Defense Forces are implementing measures to stabilize the situation. Since the beginning of the day on the Kramatorsk direction, Russian invaders attacked the positions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces 5 times in the areas of Kalynivka, Ivanivske, and Klishchiivka. The situation is tense.

In the “Tavriya” OSG operational zone, on the Toretsk direction, on the Pokrovsk direction, Russian forces attacked the positions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces 35 times in the areas of Zelene Pole, Novooleksandrivka, Novopokrovske, Novoselivka Persha, Kalynove, Netaylove, and Nevelske. 26 attacks were repelled. The situation remains tense near Novooleksandrivka and Novoselivka Persha, where 9 combat engagement are ongoing. On the Kurakhove direction, 10 enemy attempts to approach the positions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in the areas of Krasnohorivka, Paraskoviivka, and Vodyane were unsuccessful. On the Orikhiv direction, the situation has not significantly changed, and the battle continues in the area of Mala Tokmachka.

In the operational zone of the “Odesa” OSG on the Prydniprovskiy direction, Russian forces continue their attempts to push the Ukrainian Defense Forces away from Krynky. Three enemy assaults were unsuccessful.

General conclusion: 

  • Russian forces have somewhat reduced the intensity of shelling in the northern Kharkiv Oblast and are assaulting Ukrainian positions with small infantry groups.
  • Russian forces are focused on breaking through Ukrainian positions on small sections of the front between Staromykhailivka and Berdychi to form conditions for a further advance towards Pokrovsk.
  • Over the past two days, Russian shelling has decreased on the Orikhiv and Kherson directions.

Change in the line of contact (LoC):

  • There were 124 combat engagements on various fronts.
  • On the Kharkiv direction, the command of the enemy’s “Sever” Operational Grouping has started deploying its main reserve – units of the 72nd Motorized Rifle Division of the 44th Army Corps. Units of “Kharkiv” OTG have already captured several servicemen from the 41st Motorized Rifle Regiment of the division.
  • Russian forces advanced to the buildings on Studentska Street in the northwestern part of Hlyboke and in the wooded areas southeast of Hlyboke towards Lyptsi.
  • The Ukrainian Defense Forces regained some of the previously lost positions in Vovchansk on Dukhovna Street, are engaged in close combat there, and counterattacked in the city center and in the general northern direction of the Kharkiv region.
  • Fighting continued in Vovchansk, on its outskirts, and near Starytsya.
  • On the Kupyansk direction, battles continued in the areas of Berestove, Stelmakhivka, and Druzhelyubivka.
  • The Ukrainian Defense Forces struck a crossing over the Vilshana River, disrupting Russian logistics in the area northeast of Kupyansk.
  • On the Lyman direction, the enemy attacked near Nevske, Terny, the Serebriansk Forest, Dibrova, Hryhorivka, and Bilohorivka.
  • On the Siversk Direction, Russian forces continued advancing near Verkhnyokamianske, Ivano-Dariivka, Rozdolivka, and Vyimka.
  • On the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces advanced within and north of the “Kanal” neighborhood and 400 meters northeast of Kalynivka. A small group of Russian infantry managed to cross the Siversky Donets-Donbas canal but failed to secure their position and were destroyed. The enemy continued their advance near Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, and the “Alebastrova” railway station.
  • On the Pokrovsk direction, Russian forces advanced along the M30 highway west of Netaylove, approaching Karlivka, advanced east of Karlivka to the “Volna-1” summer home area, west of the Berdychi-Orlivka line towards Skuchne, north and northwest of Arkhanhelske, and reached the outskirts of Sokil.
  • Fighting continued in the areas of Novooleksandrivka, Zelene Pole, Ocheretyne, Novopokrovske, Novoselivka Persha, Kalynove, Umanske, Yasnobrodivka, and Nevelske.
  • On the Kurakhove direction, Russian forces advanced to Sumska Street in the center of Krasnohorivka, captured a farm south of the village, advanced west of Solodke, and north of Volodymyrivka. Battles continued near Novomykhailivka, Paraskoviivka, and Vodyane.
  • On the Vremivka direction, Russian forces made slight advances south of Velyka Novosilka, within the southern part of Urozhaine. Battles continued near Staromayorske.
  • On the Orikhiv direction, Russian forces advanced northeast of Robotyne. Positional battles continued near Robotyne, Verbove, and Mala Tokmachka. The enemy is entrenching west of Nesteryanka.
  • In the Black Sea-Azov naval operational area, the enemy naval group on combat duty consists of:
    • Black Sea: 2 ships, including 1 cruise missile carrier; the total salvo is 0 cruise missiles.
    • Mediterranean Sea: 1 ship, including 1 cruise missile carrier; the total salvo is 8 cruise missiles.  

Changes in the enemy disposition:

  • The 30th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 2nd Combined Arms Army is attacking near Sokil. Units of the 1st and 9th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigades of the 1st Army Corps are engaged in combat in the area of Netaylove.

Possible operation situation developments:

  • Despite the slowed pace of advancement in the Vovchansk direction, there are no signs of the enemy transitioning to defense on this direction, unlike on the Lyptsi direction.
  • The enemy’s “Sever” Operational Grouping command is preparing to cross the Vovcha River towards Hatyshche and Synelnykove to create conditions for the further advance of the 25th and 138th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigades of the 6th Combined Arms Army into the city of Vovchansk.
  • Another potential development could be the enemy’s attempt to connect their footholds in the Vovchansk direction with those in the Lyptsi direction. To accomplish this, they might initiate offensive operations toward Buhruvatka-Starytsya, targeting Izbytske and Ternova. This would involve deploying additional motorized rifle and tank battalions on the western bank of the Siversky Donets River.
  • Russian forces may initiate offensive operations on the Zolochiv direction, assembling a strike group 90 km northwest of Kharkiv for this purpose.
  • The enemy will soon capture the “Kanal” neighborhood in Chasiv Yar, as their forward units have taken an enveloping position around this part of the city.
  • The “Center” Operational Grouping command is focused on executing the following operational plan: to establish conditions for the blockade and encirclement of the Kurakhove area or to create advantageous circumstances for launching an offensive operation to encircle “Tavriya” OSG’s defense in Toretsk area from the south.
  • In the near future, the enemy will deploy another tank battalion of the 163rd Tank Regiment of the 150th Motorized Rifle Division in the area of Heorhiivka to increase the pace of the offensive.
  • The Russian military command may redeploy the 7th and 76th Air Assault Divisions from the Robotyne area to the Luhansk, Kherson Oblasts in Ukraine, or Kursk Oblast in Russia.

Russian operational losses from 24.02.22 to 04.06.24  

Personnel – almost 512,420 (+1290); 

Tanks 7,794 (+15); 

Armored combat vehicles – 15,020 (+18); 

Artillery systems – 13,345 (+65);

Multiple rocket launchers (MLRS) – 1,092 (+2);

Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 827 (+3);

Vehicles and fuel tanks – 18,228 (+69);

Aircraft – 357 (0);

Helicopters – 326 (0);

UAV operational and tactical level – 10,766 (+27);

Intercepted cruise missiles – 2,268 (0);

Boats/ships – 28 (0).


  • According to information provided by the Situation Center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Russian forces shelled 9 regions of Ukraine over the past day. A total of 88 towns and villages and 106 infrastructure objects were attacked with various types of weapons. The number of casualties is being updated/clarified.
  • During the night of June 4, the occupiers struck Dnipropetrovsk region with two “Iskander-K” cruise missiles and attacked the northern part of the country with four drones. Both missiles and two drones were shot down.
  • In Kharkiv Oblast, air raid sirens are constantly sounding, with yesterday’s count reaching around 13 times within 24 hours. A total of approximately 30 aerial bombs were dropped, including strikes on Kharkiv itself. The enemy persists in destroying the city’s civilian infrastructure.
  • In the early hours of June 4, Russian forces attacked the city of Dnipro with missiles. As a result of falling debris from intercepted targets, eight people, including children, were injured. Civilian infrastructure and vehicles were damaged.
  • One person was injured as a result of 7 a.m. shelling attacks in the city of Kupyansk, Kharkiv Oblast.
  • On June 4, 2024, at around 12:40, the enemy shelled the civilian infrastructure of the town of Seredyna-Buda in the Shostka district of Sumy Oblast. A pensioner was killed in his own yard as a result.
  • As a result of the shelling by Russian forces in the village of Veletenske in Kherson Oblast on the afternoon of June 4, a local resident was killed in her own yard.
  • Due to the severe situation in the energy system, emergency power outages are being implemented in 7 Ukrainian Oblasts as well as in Kyiv, the NEC “Ukrenerho” press service reported. On Tuesday, June 4, there was the most difficult situation with power outages in recent days. On Wednesday, there will be restrictions again all day.
  • Over two and a half thousand children aged 13 to 17 from the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson Oblasts will undergo military training in the Volgograd region of Russia, as reported by the Center for National Resistance of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. Last summer, Russia began actively establishing “Warrior” military-sports centers where teenagers are prepared for future combat roles upon reaching adulthood. It is known that the occupiers have also set up branches of these military camps in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

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