of Thanassis Gavos
Russia is making a significant effort near Izium and Sheverdonyevsk in an attempt to advance on Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, according to the latest information from the British Ministry of Defense.
The primary goal of the Russians in this axis is to encircle the Ukrainian forces in the region, in order to isolate them from the support or reinforcements that could be provided by the Ukrainian forces in the west of the country, the information continues.
It is also noted that the Ukrainian forces successfully prevented the attempt of the Russians to cross a river in Donbassthe Siversky Donetsk River west of Severodonetsk, with photographs showing Russian forces losing significant “maneuver armor” to at least one regular battalion, as well as the floats used to build a floating bridge.
The ministry comments that conducting river crossing operations in a contentious environment is an extremely risky maneuver and that the Russians attempted to do so reveals the pressure on their commanders to make business progress in the area. eastern Ukraine.
It added that Russian forces had not been able to make significant advances despite the concentration of forces in the area following the withdrawal and re-deployment of units from Kyiv and Chernihiv province.