KHARKIV OBLAST, UKRAINE, Apr 22 — In the Kupiansk direction, the Russian troops did not conduct assault operations over the past day, informed the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a morning report.

In February, the ISW assessed that Russians may try to reach the Oskil River, push the Ukrainian army from its east bank, and occupy Kupiansk-Vuzlovyi. Kupiansk is a logistics hub between Kharkiv and Luhansk oblasts, and seizing it would allow the Russian military to boost its supply efforts.

According to the General Staff’s data, in the Slobozhanskyi direction, in the border areas, the Russian military conducts intense sabotage activities to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops to more dangerous directions and increases the density of minefields along the state border in the Belgorod Oblast.

Also, according to the General Staff, there were 85 combat clashes along the frontline over the past day. Russia launched four missile strikes and 45 airstrikes and fired 71 times from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various towns and villages.

More than 100 settlements in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipro, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions came under Russian artillery fire.

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