Here are updates from across the country:
Severodonetsk: Russian reserve forces have joined the battle for the besieged city, one of Ukraine’s last holdouts in the Luhansk region, the Ukrainian military said Saturday. Invaders now control most of the city as battles continue over the Bakhmut-Lysychansk highway and the Azot industrial zone, where a fire broke out. Both sides are likely to be suffering high numbers of casualties during street fighting, according to the British Defense Ministry.
Elsewhere in Donbas: Russian shelling damaged power lines in the northern part of the Donetsk region, forcing the shutdown of electricity substations and leaving people without power in some of the area’s biggest cities, including Kramatorsk, Slovyansk, Kostiantynivka, Bakhmut and Druzhkivka, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram.
Slovyansk: Russian forces are advancing toward this city in the Donetsk region, where they have made minor gains north of the city. The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War forecasts that successfully attacking Slovyansk will be difficult due to challenges crossing the Siverskyi Donets river.
Kherson: In Russian-controlled Kherson, Ukrainian forces have made progress in their counterattack against Russian forces, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday. Ukrainian forces recaptured the village of Tavriis’ke, and there was “certain success” in the Zaporizhzhia region, too, he said.
Mariupol: Ukraine’s attorney general said the deaths of 24 more children have been recorded in the southern city now controlled by Russia, bringing the confirmed number of children killed in Ukraine since the war began to 287.