AFU counterattack is going in four directions: analysis of combat operations from ISW. Map
The Ukrainian defense forces conducted counteroffensive operations in at least four areas of the front during June 28. Specifically, in the Bakhmut direction, along the western administrative border of Donetsk and eastern Zaporizhzhia regions, and in the western part of Zaporizhzhia.
The aggressor country's defense ministry claimed that the occupiers had repulsed Ukrainian attacks south of Kreminna in Luhansk Region, while Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov intrigued people by saying that the "main event" of the counterattack had not yet begun. This is according to a summary by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
It is noted that Ukrainian and Russian forces conducted limited ground attacks around Bakhmut, during which the AFU advanced north of Orikhovo-Vasylivka back on June 27.
According to the Ukrainian General Staff, the Defense Forces carried out offensives in the Bakhmut direction in the area of Razdolivka, Zaliznianske, Paraskoviivka, Berkhivka, Klishchiivka and Kurdiumivka.
Russian bloggers claimed that Ukrainian forces had advanced near Klishchiivka and "unsuccessfully" attacked Berkhivka. Another propagandist on June 27 claimed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were striking all along the line of contact from Yakovlivka to Kurdiumivka. He also mentioned that the occupants repulsed Ukrainian attacks near Vasyukivka and Razdolivka, and units of the 106th Airborne Division of the Russian Federation "repulsed" similar attack near Soledar.
"Geolocation footage published on June 26 and 28 shows Russian troops advancing west of Dubovo-Vasylivka. Russian sources claimed they had also advanced near Berkhivka. But the Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian troops conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near Razdolivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, and Bila Hora," the ISW pointed out.
Operations in Avdiivka and Maryinka directions
According to the AFU General Staff, the occupiers conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near Avdiivka, Marinka, Peremoha and Novomykhailivka on June 28.
Propagandists acknowledged that the RF Armed Forces unsuccessfully attacked near Pervomaiske but said that they were still "conducting assault operations" south of Marinka from captured positions in the "Zvirynets" fortification.
According to ISW, the so-called "DPR" 1st Slavic Brigade allegedly operated in the Avdiivka direction.
Operations along the border of Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions
On June 28, Russian and Ukrainian troops launched ground strikes in the western part of the Donetsk region. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that the enemy had conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near Rivnopil.
Russian sources, including the Russian Defense Ministry, claimed that Ukrainian forces were striking in the direction of Staromaiske. And they also admitted that the AFU had taken new positions at the line of these two villages and advanced towards Pryiutne.
In addition, on June 28, Ukrainian troops continued counteroffensive operations in the western part of Zaporizhzhia region. Propagandists complained that the AFU tried to advance along the Piatykhatky-Zherebianky line. They reported that Ukrainian attacks there were "repulsed" by units of the 429th Motorized Rifle Regiment, the Rifle Division of the 58th All-Army Southern Military District, unidentified units of the Marines, as well as the "Sudoplatov" volunteer battalion and the North Ossetian battalion. According to bloggers from the Russian Federation, Ukrainian troops attempted to attack the occupants southeast of Orikhovo near Luhivske and in the direction of Robotyne.
In addition, on June 27 and 28, the Ukrainian Defense Forces conducted limited reconnaissance attacks on the eastern (left) bank of the Dnipro River near the Antonov Bridge. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Russian ground and artillery units allegedly "destroyed" a Ukrainian SRG that "attempted to land on the eastern bank" near the bridge. At the same time, a Russian blogger stated that as of late June 27, the Russian Air Force had unsuccessfully attempted an airstrike on AFU positions in the area, but ultimately failed as Ukrainian forces "deployed S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to the shoreline" on the western (right) bank.
Several propagandists expressed confidence that the AFU was "preparing for additional offensive operations to force the Dnipro River" in this area. It was noted that Russian airborne troops were operating near Oleshky.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed his belief that the counteroffensive of the AFU is only at the initial stage, and the main events on the front will take place in the coming weeks and months. According to him, Ukrainian forces have everything they need to win and regain all the territories captured by the Russian Federation.