The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the report on the morning of April 23 reports, in particular, that the Russian army is advancing along the entire line of confrontation in the Donetsk direction.
“The enemy is concentrating its main efforts on offensive operations in the Severodonetsk direction, exerting an intense fire influence on our troops in order to displace them and create conditions for the development of an offensive against Slavyansk,” the ministry said in a statement.
In the Mariupol direction, the Russian army continues to block Ukrainian units in the area of the Azovstal plant and launch air strikes on the city, including using long-range aircraft.
The Russian military is trying to gain a foothold on the administrative borders of the Kherson region, but suffer significant losses in equipment.
Russian units are conducting offensive and assault operations south of the city of Izyum. Earlier, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine indicated that in this way the Russian army is trying to surround the Donbass grouping of Ukrainian troops.
Units of the 64th separate motorized rifle brigade operate in the Izyum region, which the Ukrainian authorities accused of massacres in Bucha, Irpen and Gostomel.
A grouping of Russian troops is located in the Tavriysky and South Buziysky directions, consisting of separate units of the 8th and 49th combined arms armies, the 22nd army corps, the coastal troops of the Black Sea Fleet of the Southern Military District and the Air Force.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the Russians continue to partially block Kharkov and fire at it with cannon and rocket artillery.