Ukraine steps up counteroffensive against Russian forces

by | Jul 28, 2022 | World

Kyiv says Russia has begun to redeploy troops to Ukraine’s southern regions of Kherson, Melitopol and Zaporizhia, as Ukraine appeared to launch a long-awaited counteroffensive to retake them in the 22nd week of the war.If confirmed, such a redeployment would suggest Russia was on the defensive five months after losing a fight for Kyiv and focusing its military aims on the eastern oblasts of Luhansk and Donetsk. It has not yet succeeded in taking the two, which together comprise the Donbas.
Russian forces are trying to close in on Sloviansk and Kramatorsk in the heart of Donetsk.
Wagner Group mercenaries appeared to have taken the Vuhlehirsk power station – Russia’s first significant prize in the Donbas in weeks – but Russian forces have been largely static since they forced most Ukrainian defenders out of the city of Lysychansk on July 2, despite the fact that an operational pause concluded on July 16.
Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank, on a road in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine [File: Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo]
“Russian forces have not made significant advances towards Slovyansk or along the Siversk-Bakhmut salient in the past few weeks and are continuing to degrade their own offensive combat power in localized fights for small and relatively un-important settlements throughout Donetsk Oblast,” said the Institute for the Study of War, a think-tank.
Meanwhile, Ukraine appears to be preparing to isolate Russian forces in the south.
On July 19 and 20, Ukrainian forces struck the Antonyivski bridge across the Dnieper river, which separates Russian-occupied Khers …

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