In recent weeks, Russia has redoubled its efforts to recapture the city of Zaporizhia.
On August 14, Ukrainian forces carried out counteroffensive operations in at least two sectors of the front, making significant gains in the border area of the Donetsk-Zaporizhia region.
Meanwhile, Russian forces conducted offensive operations in the east near Kupyansk, also managing to advance on the same day.
The Institute for War Studies (ISW) has noted that geolocated images released on August 13 indicate that Russian forces advanced near Orlyanka (22 km east of Kupiansk) and Mykolaivka (24 km east of Kupiansk). east of Kupiansk).
A few days ago, the Ukrainian authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation for Zaporizhia and its surrounding areas, the first such measure in months. This was due to increased shelling by Russia in the north-eastern region of Kharkiv, accompanied by claims of capture of Ukrainian positions near the city.
Zaporizhia, a town close to the Russian border, fell under the control of Russian forces during the first week of the full-scale invasion in February last year.
Despite this, after several months, a quick and effective Ukrainian offensive managed to liberate the city in September last year, along with other towns in the region.
However, in recent weeks, Russia has redoubled its efforts to recapture the city.
The ISW previously noted that Russian forces appear to be intensifying offensive operations north-east of Zaporizhia, possibly with the aim of diverting Ukrainian forces from more strategic areas on the front.
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