Live Updates: Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The Ukrainian military reported widespread fighting in the northern and southern combat theaters over the past 24 hours, with Ukrainian forces going on the offensive in the south and Russian artillery active in Donetsk and Kharkiv.

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said Russian forces tried to advance in the Kharkiv region, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the city, but were repelled.

However, they continued to shell neighborhoods near the city of Kharkiv and other parts of the region, according to the Ukrainian military.

Two men were killed in the shelling of the town of Zolochiv near the Russian border, according to the regional military administration.

“In the Kharkiv region, seven people died and 34 were injured as a result of shelling by the occupiers,” the administration said.

The General Staff said there had been no changes in the front lines north of the city of Sloviansk. “All enemy actions towards these settlements have failed,” he added.

But Russian shelling of the town from a distance continues and one person was injured overnight when a residential building was hit, according to local authorities.

The General Staff said Russian forces were also trying to improve their tactical positions further south in the Donetsk region, with missile and rocket attacks in several areas.

The Russian objective is to approach the parts of the region still held by Ukrainian forces, around 45% of the region, from three directions.

But since the fall of Lysychansk to neighboring Lugansk, the front lines in Donetsk have changed little.

In the south: Meanwhile, in southern Ukraine, Russian forces are largely on the defensive as Ukrainian forces attempt to advance in the Kherson region.

The General Staff said on Tuesday that “the enemy is concentrating its efforts on maintaining the occupied positions and preventing the offensive of units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces”.

Fighting in Kherson is partly responsible for the widespread fires. The regional military administration reported that “at the beginning of July, rescue workers registered 75 fires on almost 300,000 hectares”.

The Ukrainian army’s southern operational command said three Russian ammunition warehouses were hit in Russian-held parts of Mykolaiv and that Ukrainian helicopters attacked Russian positions in nearby Kherson.

Serhii Khlan, adviser to the head of the civil-military administration of Kherson, said on Tuesday that “our armed forces have started attacking positions near Pravdyne, Oleksandrivka and Snigurivka [in Kherson and Mykolaiv regions] with helicopters.

“We have already launched attacks on almost the entire front line,” Khlan said.

Russian forces are now reinforcing their checkpoints “because the partisan movement is intensifying in the Kherson region … the fortification with concrete clues that the occupiers are preparing for street battles”, he said. added.

CNN is unable to verify Khlan’s claims, but there has recently been an increase in Ukrainian offensive actions in Kherson and Mykolaiv.

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