- Ukrainian women are suffering from psychological, physical, and sexual violence, caused by the invaders in the areas where active hostilities are taking place, but only a few dare to talk about it
- Ukrainian forces likely conducted a deliberate withdrawal from Lysychansk, resulting in the Russian seizure of the city on July 2
- A series of explosions has rocked the Russian city of Belgorod, killing three and injuring four people, in addition to damaging 50 buildings, the Russian oblast’s governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in a Telegram post on July 3
- Russian forces entered Lysychansk and advanced within the city on July 2. Russian forces are conducting offensive operations southwest of Lysychansk likely to push westward towards Siversk and complete the capture of the entirety of Luhansk Oblast.
- Russian forces continued assaults north of Slovyansk, Donetsk and Kharkiv
- Proxy leadership may be setting conditions for the direct annexation of proxy republics into the Russian Federation. Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) Head Denis Pushilin announced on July 2 that he replaced four DNR public administration officials with “experienced” Russian ministers in order to institute the “Russian paradigm of public administration.” Pushilin had previously announced the reorganization of the DNR government in June. The measures taken to streamline the governmental practices and frameworks of the DNR with the Russian system suggest that proxy officials are likely preparing to integrate the DNR directly into the Russian Federation.
- A Russian commander who tried to escape the battlefield was captured by his own soldiers and forced to stay with his men, according to an intercepted phone call released by Ukraine’s Chief Intelligence Directorate
- Fierce fighting is taking place near the city of Lysychansk in Luhansk Oblast, however the city itself is not surrounded by Russian troops, said the spokesperson for the National Guard of Ukraine, Ruslan Muzychuk, during an interview on Ukrainian TV on July 2