Russia’s primary effort is Luhansk Oblast (Russian objective: Capture the remainder of Luhansk Oblast and push westward into eastern Kharkiv Oblast and northern Donetsk Oblast).

Map of the Kupyansk direction / Map: Institute for the Study of War and AEI’s Critical Threats Project

Russian forces continued to attack Ukrainian positions on the Svatove-Kreminna line and did not advance on August 27. Ukrainian Eastern Group of Forces Spokesperson Ilya Yevlash stated that Russian forces are shifting their focus from the Kupyansk direction to attacking in the direction of Novoyehorivka (15km southeast of Svatove) and that Ukrainian forces repelled 10 Russian assaults near Novoyehorivka.

Earlier, ISW also reported that Russian forces attacked along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on without confirmed gains.

According to ISW, the Russian sources claimed that Russian forces successfully advanced in the Kupyansk direction on August 26 but did not provide evidence or specify the location of the claimed advance.

Might be relevant

Russian propaganda is actively spreading fakes about Success at Kupiansk direction — Kharkiv governor. Their propagandists are spreading false information about the capture of Synkivka village.

Russian convicts mobilized units to make daily attempts to capture Kupyansk — Colonel-General Syrskyi. Commander of the Ground Forces Oleksandr Syrskyi spoke about some solutions to strengthen the city’s defense.

Constant missile attacks and empty streets: how Kupyansk lives on the front line. This city in Kharkiv Oblast is 10-15 km/ 6–9 miles from the front line and 40 km/ 25 miles from the border with Russia. The city was severely damaged at the beginning of the full-scale invasion and during the battle for its liberation in September 2022. Today, it is constantly under fire from Russian MLRS and S-300 systems.