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Russia’s war on Ukraine. 08.07.2024

In the operational zone of the Ukrainian Operational Group of Forces (OTG) “Kharkiv” the enemy launched 3 assaults near Lyptsi, Starytsya, and Vovchansk on the Kharkiv direction. Ukrainian soldiers successfully halted all the aggressor’s assault actions.

In the “Khortytsia” Operational-Strategic Group of Forces (OSG) operational zone on the Kupyansk direction, the enemy attacked the positions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces 10 times in the areas of Synkivka, Stepova Novoselivka, Pishchane, and Stelmakhivka. Six enemy attacks were successfully repelled, and fighting continues. Throughout the day, the enemy increased its efforts on the Lyman direction. The invaders attacked 14 times near Nevske, Hrekivka, Makiivka, and Terny. Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 12 of these attacks. On the Siversk direction, the enemy twice attempted to advance in the area of Verkhnyokamianske. All efforts to dislodge the Ukrainian Defense Forces from their positions failed. On the Kramatorsk direction, 4 unsuccessful enemy attacks took place. Ukrainian defenders confidently thwarted Russian plans near Kalynivka, Hryhorivka, and Chasiv Yar.

In the “Tavriya” OSG operational zone, the Russian occupiers displayed the most activity on the Pokrovsk direction. The invaders attempted 45 times to break through the defenses near New York, Prohres, Vozdvyzhenka, Novooleksandrivka, Kalynove, Lozuvatske, Novoselivka Persha, and Yasnobrodivka.  On the Kurakhove direction, the enemy unsuccessfully attacked 17 times near Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Paraskoviivka, and Kostyantynivka. The enemy faced failure on the Vremivka direction, where they carried out 8 unsuccessful attacks near Vodyane, Kostyantynivka, and Makarivka. On the Orikhiv and Prydniprovskiy directions, all efforts by the occupying forces to dislodge the Ukrainian Defense Forces from their positions also failed.

General conclusion: 

  • Russian forces have advanced near Chasiv Yar and Toretsk.
  • Ukrainian Defense Forces counterattacked and advanced north of Kharkiv.
  • Russia has taken approximately 42% of its tanks out of storage and sent them to the frontlines.

Change in the line of contact (LoC):

  • There were 117 combat engagements on various fronts.
  • On the Kharkiv direction, the Ukrainian Defense Forces advanced northwest of Hlyboke, conducting counterattacks in this area and carrying out raids near Lyptsi and Tykhe, identifying vulnerable spots in the enemy’s defenses. Special forces groups attacked a battalion command post and an ammunition depot near Hlyboke.
  • The Ukrainian Defense Forces carried out an air strike with a high-precision Armement Air-Sol Modulaire Hammer bomb on a motorized rifle regiment’s command post in Nekhoteevka, Belgorod Oblast. Ammunition detonation at a depot in Sergeevka, Voronezh Oblast, continues, complicating the supply of ammunition, including anti-aircraft missiles.
  • Russian troops continued attacks near Lyptsi, Hlyboke, Vovchansk, and Starytsya, capturing positions on Korolenka and Soborna Streets in central Vovchansk.
  • On the Kupyansk direction, Russian forces advanced within Pishchane, south of Tabaiivka, and west of Krokhmalne, continuing offensive actions in the areas of Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Pishchane, Stelmakhivka, Stepova Novoselivka, Andriivka, and destroyed a crossing over the Oskil River near Kupyansk-Vuzlovyi railway junction.
  • On the Lyman direction, Russian troops advanced near Makiivka and attacked near Nevske, Makiivka, Hrekivka, Terny, and Torske.
  • On the Siversk Direction, Russian forces continued offensive actions near Verkhnyokamianske, Spirne, and Vyimka.
  • On the Kramatorsk direction, Russian troops continued their offensive near Chasiv Yar and advanced to the eastern bank of the Siversky Donets-Donbas canal within Chasiv Yar, which effectively serves as the frontline following the Defense Forces’ withdrawal from the “Kanal” neighborhood. The enemy advanced up to 900 meters between Kalynivka and the “Kanal” neighborhood, continuing offensive actions near Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, and Andriivka. Enemy aviation and artillery delivered powerful strikes on the Ukrainian Defense Forces’ positions on the southern outskirts of Chasiv Yar.
  • On the Toretsk direction, Russian forces advanced in the northern part of Pivnichne, captured the “Chyhyri” neighborhood on the south side of Pivdenne, advanced near Druzhba, and further within the southern and southwestern parts of New York. They almost completely captured Yuriivka, continuing offensive actions in the areas of Toretsk, Pivnichne, Zalizne, and New York.
  • On the Pokrovsk direction, Russian forces captured Yevhenivka, advanced west to Novoselivka Persha, and continued offensive actions in the areas of Kalynove, Novooleksandrivka, Vozdvyzhenka, Prohres, Lozuvatka, Yevhenivka, Skhid, Novoselivka Persha, Yasnobrodivka, and Karlivka.
  • Ukrainian Defense Forces carried out strikes on the “Zhytyel” EW complex near Novoluhanske and the logistics center near Debaltseve, where the enemy stored tanks and ammunition.
  • On the Kurakhove direction, fighting continued in the areas of Krasnohorivka, Paraskoviivka, Kostyantynivka, and Vodyane.
  • On the Vremivka direction, Russian forces attacked near Makarivka.
  • On the Orikhiv direction, positional battles continued near Robotyne, Novoandriivka, Verbove, and Mala Tokmachka.
  • In the Black Sea-Azov naval operational area, the enemy naval group on combat duty consists of:
    • Black Sea: 1 ship, including 1 cruise missile carrier; the total salvo is 4 cruise missiles.
    • Azov Sea: 3 ships, including 0 cruise missile carriers; the total salvo is 0 cruise missiles.
    • Mediterranean Sea: 2 ships, including 2 cruise missile carriers; the total salvo is 24 cruise missiles.  

Changes in the enemy disposition:

  • Units of the 208th “Akhmat” Special Motorized Regiment of the “Rosgvardiya” operate on the Kharkiv direction.
  • Forces of the 1st Tank Army are active on the Kupyansk direction, and units of the 488th and 254th Motorized Rifle Regiments of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division of the 20th Combined Arms Army are advancing near Makiivka.
  • Units of the 4th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 2nd Army Corps operate between Klishchiivka and Chasiv Yar.
  • Units of the 14th Special SOF Brigade are active on the direction of Velyka Novosilka.
  • Units of the 80th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 14th Army Corps continue to operate on the Kherson direction.

Possible operation situation developments:

  • ·       The 252nd Motorized Rifle Regiment and the 237th Tank Regiment of the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division, as well as separate units of the 59th Tank Regiment of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division, are being reinforced by units of the 283rd Motorized Rifle Regiment of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division. In the near future, they will attempt to capture the crossing over the Chornyi Zherebets River in Makiivka and will attack the positions of Ukrainian Defense Forces units in the directions of Makiivka – Nevske and Chervonopopivka – Nevske.
  • ·       The most probable scenario for the assault on Chasiv Yar is considered to be a breakthrough between the T0504 Kostyantynivka – Bakhmut highway and the “Novyi” neighborhood in the direction of the latter, primarily acting with assault groups through the wooded area to the south of the neighborhood. An auxiliary attack direction could be along the northern road towards the “Zhovtnevyi” neighborhood. The start of these actions is hindered by the Ukrainian Defense Forces’ continued control over the Kalynivka area and the area where the Siversky Donets – Donbas canal intersects with the T0504 highway. The capture of these strongholds might be assigned to the 98th Airborne Division and the 200th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 14th Army Corps in the Kalynivka area.
  • ·       If the 132nd Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 1st Army Corps captures Kalynove and reaches the road south of Stara Mykolaivka, the enemy will increase pressure on New York from both the south and the east, primarily in the direction of Yuryivka and Oleksandropil. The main forces of the newly formed 27th Motorized Rifle Division of the 2nd Guards Army – the 506th and 589th Motorized Rifle Regiments – will be used for this purpose. These forces are being deployed to the right of the 132nd Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade’s assault zone and in the area of Mayorsk.
  • ·       The enemy’s military command on the Pokrovsk direction will shift the focus of their main attack closer to the Toretsk district of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, becoming more active in the direction of Kalynove and Oleksandropil, as well as east of Pivnichne.

Russian operational losses from 24.02.22 to 08.07.24  

Personnel – almost 552,190 (+1200); 

Tanks 8,171 (+16);

Armored combat vehicles – 15,685 (+40); 

Artillery systems – 14,966 (+29);

Multiple rocket launchers (MLRS) – 1,115 (0);

Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 880 (+1);

Vehicles and fuel tanks – 20,150 (+47);

Aircraft – 361 (+1);

Helicopters – 326 (0);

UAV operational and tactical level – 11,893 (+31);

Intercepted cruise missiles – 2,353 (+1);

Boats/ships – 29 (0).


  • According to information provided by the Situation Center of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Russian forces shelled 11 regions of Ukraine over the past day. A total of 88 towns and villages and 104 infrastructure objects were attacked with various types of weapons. The number of casualties is being updated/clarified.
  • Around 10 AM on July 8, the enemy launched a combined missile strike on Ukraine using air-, sea-, and land-based missiles. Russian forces attacked various Ukrainian cities: Kyiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Sloviansk, and Kramatorsk, launching 38 missiles of various types. Ukrainian air defenses shot down 30 missiles.
  • Russia launched a massive missile strike on Kryvyi Rih and Dnipro during the day on July 8. In Dnipro, an apartment building and a business were damaged. An auto service station was severely damaged. In Kryvyi Rih, several hits were recorded, including on an administrative building of an industrial enterprise.
  • As a result of the strike on Ukraine on July 8, as of 9 p.m. 36 people were reported killed (25 in Kyiv and 11 in other regions), and 166 were injured, the National Police reported. Additionally, rescuers reported that 19 people were saved: 11 in Kyiv and 8 in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
  • The missile strike on Kyiv caused damage in seven districts of the city. Two floors of the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital building, covering approximately 400 square meters, were destroyed. Two adults, including a doctor, were killed, and 10 people were injured. Several other buildings were damaged. Debris removal and search operations for people are ongoing.
  • In Kyiv, three transformer substations of DTEK were completely destroyed or damaged due to the Russian attack.
  • As a result of Russian aggression on July 7, seven people were killed, including in Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Kherson Oblasts, and 8 people were injured.
  • In Kharkiv Oblast, a family of six, including two children—a 2-month-old girl and a 5-year-old boy—was killed by a Russian landmine. The explosion was so powerful that it threw the people from the vehicle in different directions. The body of the older boy was severely burned, and the remains of his uncle had to be collected in fragments. The day after the tragedy, law enforcement officers found the body of the 2-month-old girl.
  • On Tuesday, July 9, power outage schedules will be implemented throughout the day for all regions of Ukraine, according to a press release from NPC “Ukrenergo”.

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