Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine was making progress in the offensive. A senior general says they have broken through Russia’s first line of defense.
Ukrainian forces are making progress. Despite everything and whatever people say, we are making progress and that is the most important thing. “We are moving,” Zelensky wrote on Telegram.
Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly criticized Western experts, who have described the counter-offensive as slow-moving and without expected breakthroughs along the front. In June, Zelensky asserted that the bloody battle to break through Russia’s fortified defense lines was not “a Hollywood movie” and that people’s lives were at stake.
But the White House said on Friday that the Ukrainians had made significant progress in the Zaporizhia region. Russian military blogs wrote the day before that Ukrainian forces had advanced near the village of Verbov in southern Ukraine, not far from the village of Robotyn.
– between the first and second line
to Watchman Brigade commander Oleksandr Tarnavsky says Ukrainian forces broke through Russia’s first line of defense in Zaporizhia after several weeks of demining.
– We are now between the first and second lines, says Tarnavsky.
It is estimated that Russia spent 60% of its time and resources on the first line and only 20% on the second and third lines, because it did not expect the Ukrainians to be able to bypass the first line. Therefore, he expects faster progress when they are now trying to get past a weaker second line of defense.
It will strengthen the position
He adds that the Ukrainian forces are exerting pressure on both sides, as they broke through the line to strengthen their grip on the region, and that they will now try to attack the Russian forces, which will provide cover for the retreat of the forces behind the second line of defense. Line.
The counter-offensive, which began in June, aims to liberate the occupied parts of the Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions. Ukraine also wants to return Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.
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