After failing to advance as expected with this summer’s counteroffensive, Ukraine prepares for a winter on the defensive before a Russian Army that has returned to the fray in the east with new massive offensives that have allowed it to regain the initiative.
In these circumstances, the president Volodymyr Zelensky announced in his address to the nation last night that he has ordered “significantly strengthen” the defensive fortifications Ukrainians.
“The funds exist and all the decisions have been made. The corresponding work must now be done on the ground. Everything is perfectly detailed. There are enough mines (explosives) and cement”Zelensky said about the orders he has given to the relevant authorities.
The Ukrainian president noted that “it is necessary faster and more effective” in the reinforcement of the fortifications. “All those responsible for this have clear tasks,” remarked the head of state.
According to many military experts, the Ukrainian counteroffensive failed to achieve objectives expected this summer due, in large part, to the strength of the fortifications built by Russia in the south.
While Ukraine prepared its counteroffensive and waited for more weapons and ammunition from its Western allies to launch it, Russia set about laying dense minefields and constructing and deploying other types of obstacles that have greatly hindered the Ukrainian advance.
Russia lost more than a thousand men in one day but does not give up
On Tuesday, Russia once again lost more than a thousand soldiers along the entire front, despite continuing to insist on its attempts to advance in several theaters of operations in the eastern provinces of Donetsk, according to the General Staff report. Ukrainian.
During the past 24 hours, Russia reportedly lost 1,140 men, 15 tanks and 32 artillery systems in combatwhich does not prevent Russian forces from continuing to launch massive daily attacks against the Ukrainian troops defending the municipalities of Márinka, Avdivka and Bakhmut.
According to the kyiv General Staff, Ukraine repelled a total of 27 Russian attacks along with Avdivka yesterday. Around Bakhmut, kyiv claims to have broken up 16 enemy attacks. Together with Márinka, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled up to 17 attacks.
Russia is allocating the largest number of brigades to its objective of finishing surrounding Avdivka. According to the Kiev Center for Defense Strategies, a dozen motorized infantry brigades have been put into the fray there and have made small progress in recent days.
Regarding the new front opened by Ukrainian troops who have crossed the Dnieper River in the south, the fighting continues and Russia has deployed the 104th Airborne Assault Division in front of the isthmus that connects the occupied Crimean peninsula with continental Ukraine .
The presence established by kyiv troops in the eastern bank of the final stretch of the Dnieper It is a few tens of kilometers from the entrance to Crimea. Ukraine waits take advantage of this new open front in the part of the southern province of Kherson, which until recently was completely controlled by Russia, to advance towards Crimea.
(With information from EFE)