Expert on new Ukrainian conquest: “It shows that the Russians are under pressure”


Russian forces have suffered defeat in the eastern Ukrainian town of Lyman and have withdrawn from the site.

It is a loss for the Russian side in the war because Lyman is strategically important in the area where the fighting is currently taking place. This is the assessment from Anders Puck Nielsen, who is a military analyst at the Norwegian Defense Academy.

“It’s a defeat, and it shows that the Russians are under pressure,” he says.

Russian forces have withdrawn from the area due to the “threat of being surrounded”. This is stated by the Russian Ministry of Defense according to the state news agency Ria.

According to Anders Puck Nielsen, the Ukrainians have a strong position in the area and, among other things, have good control over the roads into and out of the city, which the Russians have had to travel along.

Therefore, he believes it is likely that the Ukrainians have let at least some of the Russian forces withdraw from the site in order to maintain momentum and avoid having to fight for Lyman.

“So you could get in quickly, take over the city and so on with the offensive to the east”, says the military analyst.

Gives the Ukrainians great advantages

The town of Lyman plays a strategically important role due to its location. It functions as a traffic hub, and whoever is in control here can easily move around and get to, for example, Shevjerodonetsk and Lysytjansk.

“These are cities that the Russians captured a few months ago with great attention. Now we are in a situation where it is beginning to approach that the Ukrainians will come back again’.

“This is an excellent stepping stone to carry out new offensive operations further into Luhansk”, says Anders Puck Nielsen.

For example, the Ukrainians can go towards northern Luhansk, where many major cities under Russian control are not well protected, according to the analyst.

In addition, they can more easily get on important connecting lines such as train lines from Russia to Luhansk, he mentions.

The recapture of the city is a great victory for the Ukrainian side, according to Anders Puck Nielsen, and it simultaneously increases the Russian army’s attempt to conquer the rest of the Donetsk region.

“Now the Russians are in a situation where they have to start by conquering the city again in order to move on”, says the military analyst.

Something that, according to the military analyst, there are no signs that Russia has the strength for at the moment.

Lyman is located in the Donetsk region. It is one of four regions that Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed on Friday by signing a document declaring them part of Russia.

Western countries in particular have condemned the annexation of the areas.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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