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Russian forces have likely given up planning for a single major encirclement of Ukrainian troops in the east of the country, according to analysts at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) think tank. mentioned in their last review. Instead, Russia will likely seek smaller encirclements and more gradual territorial gains. Although their forces had secured more ground in the past week than at the start of May, this was achieved by reducing their objectives, the ISW said – largely abandoning operations around Izyum and concentrating in the main frontline cities. Overall, Russia’s performance “remains poor”, the think tank said.

Severodonetsk: The battle for one of the last major cities under Ukrainian control in the eastern region of Lugansk could become a drawn-out urban fight if Russian forces succeed in encircling it. Regional Governor Serhiy Haidai signaled that Ukrainian forces in the city could hold out, like their counterparts in Mariupol. “Severodonetsk is completely under the control of the Ukrainian authorities. The armed forces hold the defense,” Haidai said in a video Tuesday. He added that the situation was “stable” but “difficult”.

Elsewhere in the Donbass: Russia is committing a “significant number of its troops, artillery and aircraft” to defeat Ukrainian forces in Lugansk, the ISW said, likely drawing resources from the cities of Kharkiv and Donetsk – where they are preparing to Ukrainian counter-offensives – and from the Zaporizhzhia region. If the frontline moves further west, as part of a broader campaign to fully take over Donbass, Russia will again encounter the kind of logistical supply problems that plagued its first campaign. , according to British defense officials.

Kyiv: Despite the almost daily sirens of air raids and the presence of soldiers in the streets, the Ukrainian capital is coming back to life, with restaurants, bars and shops full of people. More than 2 million Ukrainians have returned to the country since February 28, border authorities said.

Chernihiv region: In this region of northern Ukraine, a cross-border war is unfolding as Russian tanks hurl shells at Ukrainian villages and bullets smash through tense no-man’s land in sporadic firefights. Ukrainian border guards watch warily as their adversaries again mass troops and equipment after being pushed back across the border.

Max Bearak contributed to this report.