Russian forces conducted offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line but made no claimed or confirmed advances on October 31, 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.

Ukrainian officials, including the General Staff, reported that Russian forces unsuccessfully attacked near Synkivka (8km northeast of Kupyansk), Ivanivka (20km southeast of Kupyansk), and Nadiya (16 west of Svatove) but did not conduct any offensive actions in the Lyman direction. 

According to a Russian news aggregator claimed that Russian forces attacked near Synkivka, Kyslivka (20km southeast of Kupyansk), and Makiivka (22km northwest of Kreminna) on October 30 but did not specify an outcome.

Map of hostilities in Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions / Credit: ISW

The Institute quotes a Russian milblogger who claimed on October 30 that positional battles continued near the Serebryanske forest area (10km southwest of Kreminna).

Ukrainian forces conducted offensive operations along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on October 31. On the contrary, Russian sources, including the Russian MoD, claimed that Ukrainian forces attacked near Synkivka, Yampolivka (17km west of Kreminna), and Dibrova (7km southwest of Kreminna).

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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 aviation, MLRS and S-300 systems.

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