Ukrainian forces continued to conduct limited and localized but successful counterattacks against russian positions throughout Ukraine on June 5, - the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reports.
Including retaking large areas of Sievierodonetsk, the Kremlin has concentrated the majority of its forces on capturing.
Ukrainian forces are likely seeking to leverage the continued russian focus on Sievierodonetsk to conduct counterattacks on other axes of advance.
"Even as russian forces continue to pour equipment and troops into the Sievierodonetsk-Lysychansk area, Ukrainian forces have conducted a successful counterattack in Sievierodonetsk in the last 48 hours and pushed russian troops back to the eastern outskirts of the city and out of southern settlements", - the message says.
Ukrainian counteroffensive pressure will likely continue to draw the attention of russian forces to theLuhansk oblast and therefore leave vulnerabilities in russian defensive efforts in the Kharkiv oblast and along the southern axis.
"The ability of Ukrainian forces to successfully counterattack in Sievierodonetsk, the Kremlin’s current priority area of operations, further indicates the declining combat power of russian forces in Ukraine", - the American experts summed up.