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Russia’s war on Ukraine. 08.06.2024

In the operational zone of the Ukrainian Operational Group of Forces (OTG) “Kharkiv” on the Kharkiv direction, there were 2 unsuccessful enemy attacks in the area of Vovchansk. The Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to implement measures to strengthen defensive positions and lines.

In the “Khortytsia” Operational-Strategic Group of Forces (OSG) operational zone on the Kupyansk direction, there were 8 combat clashes. The Ukrainian Defense Forces successfully repelled seven enemy attacks in the areas of Synkivka, Pishchane, Druzhelyubivka, and Hrekivka, and the battle continues in the area of Andriivka. On the Lyman direction, the number of clashes increased to 9. Russian occupiers attempted to advance in the areas of Terny, Novosadove, Torske, and Serebriansk Forest. All attacks were repelled. On the Siversk direction, the enemy made two unsuccessful assaults in the area of Bilohorivka. On the Kramatorsk direction, the aggressor attempted to attack 7 times in the areas of Kalynivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, and Andriivka. All attempts were repelled.

In the “Tavriya” OSG operational zone, the hottest situation remains on the Pokrovsk direction. The enemy does not cease attempts to find weak points in the Ukrainian defense and continuously tries to penetrate the battle formations of Ukrainian units with assault actions. Battles continue in the areas of Novooleksandrivka, Yevhenivka, and Sokil. The Ukrainian Defense Forces are taking measures to stabilize the situation and prevent the enemy from advancing. On the Kurakhove direction, the number of combat clashes increased to 16. The invaders are trying to advance near Nevelske, Karlivka, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, and Paraskoviivka. 13 enemy attacks were successfully repelled by the Ukrainian Defense Forces. Battles continue in the areas of Krasnohorivka and Paraskoviivka. The situation is tense. On the Vremivka direction the enemy tried to engage in battles near Urozhaine and Staromayorske. The assault actions of the Russian occupiers failed. On the Orikhiv direction, the Russian aggressor attacked the Ukrainian Defense Forces’ units near Kopani and Mala Tokmachka 4 times but was unsuccessful.

General conclusion: 

  • Russian forces on the Kharkiv direction are undergoing tactical regrouping in preparation for renewed offensive operations.
  • Ukrainian Defense Forces intelligence has no confirmation of the concentration of enemy strike groups on the Zolochiv direction (northwest of Kharkiv).
  • Russian strikes are complicating the logistical support for Ukrainian Defense Forces across the Oskil River. The enemy targeted the bridge over the Oskil near Kruhlyakivka, aiming to isolate the operational zone on the river’s eastern bank. However, Ukrainian troops have not observed any logistical issues with their positions on the eastern bank.

Change in the line of contact (LoC):

  • There were 85 combat engagements on various fronts.
  • On the Kharkiv direction, the Ukrainian Defense Forces conducted a counterattack and now control the southwestern part of Hlyboke. 25 Russian servicemen abandoned their positions in the area of Lyptsi, prompting the command of the enemy’s “Sever” Operational Grouping to deploy a blocking detachment from the Chechen “Akhmat” unit.
  • Fighting continued in the center of Vovchansk, with Russian forces attacking near Tykhe.
  • On the Kupyansk direction, Russian forces advanced northwest of Ivanivka, but minefields are slowing their progress. The occupiers were advancing near Orlyanka, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Pishchane, Ivanivka, Myasozharivka, Druzhelyubivka, and Hrekivka.
  • On the Lyman direction the 488th Motorized Rifle Regiment of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division of the 20th Combined Arms Army advanced to Terny. Russian forces continued offensive actions in the areas of Novosadove, Nevske, Terny, Torske, Yampil, and the Serebriansk Forest.
  • The Ukrainian Defense Forces attacked and advanced southeast of Yampolivka, striking Russian barracks near the “Hostra Mohyla” memorial and an oil depot in this area with ATACMS missiles carrying cluster munitions.
  • On the Siversk Direction, Russian forces conducted offensive actions near Bilohorivka and Verkhnyokamianske.
  • On the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces advanced in the northeastern neighborhood of “Kanal,” continued offensive actions in the Kalynivka area, and near the “Kanal” and “Novyi” neighborhoods, Ivanivske, and Klishchiivka. For tactical maneuvering, the enemy is using the underground pipe section of the “Siversky Donets–Donbas” canal.
  • On the Pokrovsk direction, Russian forces reached the eastern outskirts of Novooleksandrivka and advanced southwest of Kalynove. Battles continued near Kalynove, Novooleksandrivka, Prohres, Yevhenivka, Novopokrovske, Sokol, Novoselivka Persha, Yasnobrodivka, Umanske, and Karlivka.
  • On the Kurakhove direction, Russian forces advanced south of Pobieda, continuing their offensive near Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Kostyantynivka, and Paraskoviivka.
  • On the Vremivka direction, Russian forces made slight advancements within Urozhaine, with positional battles continuing in the areas of Staromayorske, Urozhaine, and Novodarivka.
  • On the Orikhiv direction, positional battles continued in the area of Robotyne, Verbove, and Kopani. Russian forces advanced west of Novopokrovske.
  • The Ukrainian Defense Forces advanced north of Zherebyanky.
  • On the Prydniprovskiy direction, the Ukrainian Defense Forces maintain their positions on the eastern bank of Kherson Oblast beyond the tactical bridgehead near Krynky, positions north of Pishchanivka on the right bank of the Verkhnya Konka River, and operate on the islands adjacent to Krynky.
  • Russian forces are fighting in the area of the summer house area near the Antonivsky Bridge (north of Oleshky).
  • In the Black Sea-Azov naval operational area, the enemy naval group on combat duty consists of:
    • Azov Sea: 7 ships, including 3 cruise missile carriers; the total salvo is 24 cruise missiles.
    • Black Sea: 1 ship, including 0 cruise missile carriers; 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:

  • Units of the enemy’s 106th Airborne Division are operating near Rozdolivka (south of Siversk).
  • Units of the 24th Separate SOF Brigade are active on the Avdiivka direction.
  • Units of the 5th and 110th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigades of the 1st Army Corps are operating near Krasnohorivka.
  • Units of the 810th Separate Marines Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet are active near Pishchanivka, and units of the 345th Airborne Regiment of the 104th Airborne Division are engaged near the “Oleshkivski Pisky” desert.
  • The enemy’s manpower replenishment system supplies up to 1,500 new servicemen monthly to military units on the front lines, maintaining a minimally acceptable level of manning. On main attack directions, troops can receive reinforcements of up to 2,000 personnel.

Possible operation situation developments:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The fighting in the Staromayorske area is a diversionary action aimed at forming a strike tactical group of 3-4 brigades and 1-2 regiments in the Mykilske-Novodonetske sector. The likely objective of this tactical group could be to break through the Kashlahach River in the Uspenivka area simultaneously with the “Yug” Operational Grouping’s advance towards Kurakhove.

Russian operational losses from 24.02.22 to 08.06.24  

Personnel – almost 572,900 (+1210); 

Tanks 7,843 (+9);

Armored combat vehicles – 15,105 (+9); 

Artillery systems – 13,533 (+36);

Multiple rocket launchers (MLRS) – 1,095 (0);

Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 834 (+1);

Vehicles and fuel tanks – 18,484 (+68);

Aircraft – 357 (0);

Helicopters – 326 (0);

UAV operational and tactical level – 10,945 (+59);

Intercepted cruise missiles – 2,277 (+7);

Boats/ships – 29 (0).


  • According to information provided by the Situation Center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Russian forces shelled 10 regions of Ukraine over the past day. A total of 84 towns and villages and 166 infrastructure objects were attacked with various types of weapons. The number of casualties is being updated/clarified.
  • During the night and morning of June 8, the Russian forces carried out 12 shelling attacks of border areas in Sumy Oblast, primarily using artillery from across the border with the Russian Federation. A total of 59 explosions were recorded.
  • On the evening of June 8, in the village of Khotimlya, Starosaltivska Territorial Community in Kharkiv Oblast, a person was killed, and another was injured due to two KAB strikes, which destroyed a school.
  • On June 8, around 11:40 AM, Russian forces launched an artillery strike on a village in the Mylivska community. A local woman was killed in the attack while she was in her home.
  • In the Pokrovske community of the Nikopol district, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Russian forces injured a rescuer. He was working on eliminating the aftermath of a previous shelling when the Russians struck again with a drone.
  • According to Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin, 90% of prisoners of war are subjected to various forms of torture, inhumane treatment, including physical, sexual, and mental violence, as evidenced by the screening of those who have returned from Russian captivity.
  • Russia’s shelling of Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure is the most widespread war crime, with over 75,000 such cases registered.
  • One of the nuclear power plants brought a unit back online after completing scheduled maintenance 10 days ahead of schedule. This will add 1,000 MW of power to the energy system, somewhat reducing the electricity deficit caused by Russian attacks, according to the Ministry of Energy.
  • On the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk Oblast, starting in September, students in grades 5-7 will study local history from a textbook developed at the personal direction of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, as reported by the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets.

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