Russian forces take control of Umanske village and install the USSR flag — Bild analyst

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Russian invasion forces have entered the village of Umanske, located west of Avdiivka, and reportedly planted a USSR flag there, said an expert in open data analysis at Bild, Julian Röpcke, on X on May 9.

After Russia captured Avdiivka, Ukrainian troops initially held the defense west of the town along the Berdychi-Semenivka-Orlivka-Tonenke line. However, by the end of March, the Russian army breached this line and advanced westward. Subsequently, the Ukrainian Armed Forces established defensive positions in villages to the west, with Umanske being the first.

The Russian troops have now entered Umanske, stated Röpcke. They installed the red flag of the USSR with a hammer and sickle on the monument to those who died in World War II.

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While the southern and western parts of the village remain under the control of the Ukrainian army, satellite images suggest that Russian forces are actively engaging Ukrainian trenches east of Umanske. Ukrainian troops appear to be withdrawing westward along the northern side of the lake within the village.

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The situation on the eastern front

The Russian troops successfully established a foothold near Ocheretyne in Donetsk Oblast, utilizing four brigades to achieve this advancement, stated Nazar Voloshyn, spokesperson for the Khortytsia operational and strategic troop grouping, on April 27.

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Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi confirmed on April 28 that the situation at the front had intensified. Ukrainian defenders withdrew to the west of the villages of Berdychi, Semenivka, and Novomykhailivka.

The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) observed on May 1 that, for the first time in several days, Russian troops did not make any confirmed advances in the Avdiivka sector.

Read also: Russia gains ground near Avdiivka, Robotyne, Svatove, and Oleshky — ISW report

Oleh Kalashnikov, a spokesperson for the 26th Roman Dashkevych Artillery Brigade, stated on May 2 that the Russian invasion forces would not achieve their planned capture of Chasiv Yar in Donetsk Oblast by May 9.

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