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Russians complain about vulnerability of communication lines on left bank of Kherson region, ISW

Russians complain about vulnerability of communication lines on left bank of Kherson region, ISW Ukrainian military (Photo: GettyImages)

Russian forces complain about the vulnerability of Russian ground lines of communication (GLOC) on the eastern (left) bank of the Kherson region amid ongoing complaints about Russia's weak capabilities in these positions, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

On November 26, a Russian military blogger said that personnel of the Russian 70th Motorized Rifle Division (the newly formed 18th Combined Arms Army) often write to him complaining about the vulnerability of the Russian logistics base on the eastern shore of Kherson region near Krynky and Ukrainian drone strikes.

He also agreed with previous statements by another Russian "military commander" that Russian forces in the area have problems with unit coordination, as well as with the negligence of commanders at the company and battalion level.

The military blogger suggested that Russian troops near Krynky create a separate anti-aircraft company from the personnel of a separate reconnaissance battalion of the 70th Motorized Rifle Division to protect Russian GLOCs.

ISW notes that Russian GLOCs on the left bank of the Kherson region, like the E58 Antonivka-Sakhy highway (approximately 5-8 km from the Dnipro River), are situated in proximity to the Dnipro River coastline, making them susceptible to Ukrainian strikes.

Previously, ISW reported that Russian military bloggers have repeatedly complained about the state of troops near Krynky, which suffer from problems such as insufficient fire support, unit coordination, electronic warfare, counter-battery, and air defense.

Russian sources have consistently asserted that Russian forces are unable to dislodge Ukrainian troops from Krynky and that Ukrainian forces are currently unable to make significant operational progress in the eastern bank area.

The situation on the left bank of the Kherson region

As a reminder, on November 17, the Ukrainian military announced that they had conducted a series of successful actions on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region. The Ukrainian Armed Forces managed to gain a foothold in several footholds.

The General Staff explained that the Ukrainian Armed Forces wanted to push the Russian occupiers away from the right bank of the Dnipro. This will reduce the shelling of civilians.

Head of the United Coordinating Press Center of Security and Defense Forces of the South of Ukraine, Natalia Humeniuk, emphasized that work on the left bank is ongoing. According to her, the work is complicated by bad weather.