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As of May 6, local time, the Russian army’s offensive against the southern Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions of Ukraine continued. At the same time, it continued to bomb Donets Luhansk ground lines of communication (GLOCs) and used thermobaric bombs in the Bonliman area to break through the defensive line of the local Ukrainian defenders with massive artillery fire. However, this series of attacks did not bring any territorial gains to Russia. On the contrary, the Russian army suffered heavy losses in the confrontation with the Ukrainian forces in the Izyum region, and its 4th Tank Division and 106th Airborne Division have now withdrawn to Russian territory.

Analysts believe that the Russian army is too reliant on supply lines, including roads, and it has also resumed railway operations for freight and passenger trains between Crimea and Kherson. As a result, it isn’t easy to make any progress outside the region. Source reported that some Russian troops are targeting food facilities in Rubizne and Suledar in a bid to block the food supply for Ukrainian soldiers and civilians. In addition, Palamar, the deputy commander of the Azov regiment, confirmed that the Russian army had invaded the interior of the Azovstal plant in the city of Mariupol.

According to Ukrainian sources, the fighting around Kharkiv and Izyum has entered a counter-offensive mode with the goal of driving the Russian aggressor out of range of artillery fire on Kharkiv, forcing the Russian army to pull back from the Izyum front and threatening their supply lines. In a separate development, the Russian military has intensified its surveillance and offensive operations on the southern Ukrainian front and the attack on the city of Zaporizhzhia. It has even attacked Hulyaipole near the border of the Donetsk region around the clock. However, the Ukrainian defenders still managed to recapture most villages along the border between the Kherson and Mykolaiv states. Moreover, they pushed the local Russian troops back to an area 20 kilometers away from the city of Mykolaiv.

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