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Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south could be expedited under one condition

Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south could be expedited under one condition Ukrainian military forces have to breach the second line of defense in order to expedite their offensive in the southern region of Ukraine (Photo: Getty Images)

In the ongoing war in Ukraine, the country's defense forces are persistently pushing forward on multiple fronts. However, they face fierce attacks from Russian forces in certain areas.

Military-political expert Oleksandr Kovalenko shared his view of the situation on the front lines with RBC-Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops are achieving success in their counteroffensive, particularly considering the challenging conditions they face. It is crucial to understand that they operate in heavily mined territories. In the southern regions, advancements are cautious, as the primary objective is to preserve the lives of Ukrainian soldiers.

The main clashes are taking place in the vicinity of Pyatyhatky and in the direction of the village of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region. In the south of Donetsk, along the Mokri Yaly River, the focus is on the direction of Staromlynivka. These areas have a high concentration of mine and explosive elements, making rapid progress unfeasible.

Today, there have been achievements that are occasionally reported officially, as well as those that remain undisclosed. It should be noted that some information cannot be prematurely disclosed through open sources. However, all indications suggest that the occupiers are unable to halt the advance of the Ukrainian defense forces in the south and are gradually forced to relinquish positions in that area.

Accelerating the offensive is possible but only after breaching the second line of defense in the Staromlynivka, Robotyne, and Pyatyhatky areas. In the case of the latter two towns, the advance would be toward the occupied towns of Tokmak and Vasilivka. However, the decision ultimately depends on the command's assessment. When it comes to swift assault operations, speed is not always synonymous with success; it can also result in increased personnel losses. If this is deemed imprudent, the pressure on the enemy will be applied step by step and gradually.

Regarding Bakhmut, Commander of the Army of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskii, stated that the Russians are being lured into a trap. It is worth noting that they were in a similar predicament when they launched their offensive. Indeed, today we have the capability to exert fire influence directly on the eastern outskirts of Bakhmut.

Recently, a video was released showing our artillery destroying the "Grad" multiple-launch rocket system from a distance of five kilometers from the eastern outskirts. This demonstrates our ability to target objectives in the eastern sector of Bakhmut. It is still premature to claim full control over firepower, but the fact remains that fire influence has been established. Consequently, the Russians are cut off from comfortable logistics, and their secure rotation or even escape from Bakhmut is now at risk.

Furthermore, worrisome news is emerging from the northern regions of Donetsk and Kharkiv regions. This comes as no surprise since the Russians possess one of the most combat-ready groups in the Luhansk region. However, they are not capable of undertaking significant actions. Essentially, this is nothing new. There is a threat of intensified fighting in the Kremіnna to Lyman and Kupyansk directions. However, this primarily serves as an imitation of offensive actions to divert the attention of the Ukrainian defense forces and draw away resources from the south and Donetsk region.

Last week, Ukrainian forces conducted operations behind enemy lines, including in the occupied cities of Makiivka, Yasynuvata, and Volnovakha. There is nothing particularly extraordinary about this. We have targeted them before. This routine work entails our forces destroying Russian assets, reducing the enemy's ability to supply their units with ammunition and fuel.