There were several significant changes in the situation in the conflict zone in Ukraine during April 4. Most of the active combat operations took place in Bakhmut.
As of the evening of April 4, fighters of the Wagner PMC had cleared the entire territory of the industrial zone of the AZOM plant.
In total, the following industrial facilities in the city are under Wagner’s control
- The Bakhmut plant of construction ceramics;
- A furniture factory;
- Bakhmut plant “Stroydetal”;
- ALC “SINIAT”;
- Plaster mine ALC “SINIAT”;
- Artyomovsk Champagne Wine Factory (PJSC Artweineri);
- Shop “STA”;
- Plant “Vostokmash;
- Makiivka Plant of Metal Structures;
- Bakhmutsk Electrotechnical Plant;
- Prommash plant;
- Press and Grinder Shop;
- Artemivsk machine-building plant “Vistek”;
- Artemivsk Bakery Plant;
- Experimental engineering plant of mining and technological equipment for the salt industry (in the north).
The Wagner PMC controls two railway stations – Stupki and Bakhmut-1, as well as the Trolleybus Depot.
Fighters of the Wagner PMCs fully control the central district, including the administrative buildings, on which the flags of Russia and the PMCs have already been placed. In addition, the fighters entrenched themselves along Sibirtsev Street and approached the Metallurg Stadium. Fighting continues on Zelenaya Street, on Boris Gorbatov Street and near school number 11. Also to the south is advancing in the direction of the Avangard stadium.
Ukrainian armed formations are currently occupying the western part of the city. The main defensive lines and positions are located in the residential areas. According to military experts, if the pace of advancement is maintained in the near future, the AFU will be pushed back behind the railway line.
Russian and Ukrainian Armed Forces are also engaged in fierce combat near Donetsk. According to reports from both sides, Russian forces are attempting offensive operations near Avdeevka. The Ukrainian Armed Forces occupy defensive lines and do not allow the Russian soldiers to develop success by working on positions with artillery. Fighting continues near Marinka, Severnoye and Pervomayskoye. However, neither side is advancing.
There has also been no change in the Zaporizhzhya direction. There are artillery duels between the sides. The parties are engaged in mutual reconnaissance of the battle. In addition, an explosion of an ammunition depot in Orekhovo was carried out.
Russian servicemen identified and hit enemy facilities in the vicinity of Kherson and Berislav. The AFU struck several settlements on the left bank of the Dnieper River: residential buildings in Novaya Kakhovka, Sofiyivka and Hornostayivka were damaged.
Russian forces hit AFU facilities in western Odessa. Presumably, the military unit 2138 was hit, and a large fire broke out on the site of the arrival.
Hit on Odessa 04.04.2023:
There was an explosion in Dnipro. At the moment there is no information about the cause of the explosion. An air alert was declared in Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions.
In fact, the actions of the AFU now look like attempts to hide the real direction of the counterattack. At the very least, the scenario of intensified defense of Bakhmut conceals Kiev’s real intentions.
There is already evidence of the pulling together of large groups of troops in the Zaporizhzhya direction. In particular, an estimated 20,000 troops have already been concentrated in the Orekhovo district. However, it is not yet clear what goals the counterattack will pursue. Perhaps the main goal for the AFU is still the Crimean bridge. However, access to it can be accomplished both through the fortified Melitopol and Berdyansk, and through the territory of the DPR in the Ugledar direction, where the local grouping is technically, physically and morally exhausted after the unsuccessful offensive.