JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ukraine’s army advances slowly at Russian front” – Kyiv Post/Illia Ponomarenko, Volodymyr Petrov

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“For the Ukrainian military, this heavy strike by Russian-led forces, who hold ground just three kilometers to the south, came as no surprise. Despite dozens of cease-fires having been agreed at the negotiating table in Minsk (the latest one was supposed to start on July 1), the relentless stalemated warfare in the Donbas still drags on, with exchanges of fire by heavy weapons a regular occurrence. … the combat areas are generally calm by day[;] the fighting flares up at night. The two warring parties, neither in a position to launch a successful major offensive, continue an exhausting, low-level struggle for strategic positions in the gray zone between their front lines. … fight[ing] for high ground or vital roadways, or probe each other’s defenses for weak points. … the armies’ tactical maps have seen few changes in the past few years, and the war has become a never-ending, self-sustaining process, with no clear outcome in sight. …”

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