Russian forces carried on offensive operations on the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on November 27 and didn’t have a confirmed advance, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported.

  • The main goal of Russia in this part of the frontline is to capture the rest of Luhansk region and advance to the east of Kharkiv and the north of Donetsk region.

The Ukrainian General Staff reported unsuccessful Russian assaults near Petropavlivka (7km northeast of Kupyansk), Synkivka (8km northeast of Kupyansk), Novoselivske (15km northwest of Svatove), Terny (17km west of Kreminna), Yampolivka (17km west of Kreminna), Torske (15km southwest of Kreminna), and in the Serebryanske forest area (just southwest of Kreminna).

Ukrainian Ground Forces Commander Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi noted that Russian forces are using “Storm,” “Storm-Z,” and “Storm-V” assault units comprised of former convicts and former Wagner Group fighters in assaults on Ukrainian positions along the Kupyansk-Kreminna line.

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

ISW quotes a Russian milblogger claiming that Russian forces captured new unspecified positions near Synkivka, and other milbloggers reported heavy fighting in the Synkivka area. It was also told that there are ongoing meeting engagements in the Serebryanske forest area, particularly near Dibrova (7km southwest of Kreminna).

“Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces conducted limited and unsuccessful counterattacks along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on November 27. The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed that Ukrainian forces unsuccessfully attacked in the Kupyansk area near Synkivka and Ivanivka (20km southeast of Kupyansk), and in the Kreminna direction near Dibrova. A Russian media aggregator claimed that Ukrainian forces unsuccessfully attacked near Synkivka and that Russian forces repelled Ukrainian reconnaissance-in-force efforts in the Serebryanske forest area on November 26,” tInstitute for the Study of War adds.

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