Russia does not stop the counterattack, but pointlessly attacks the settlements near Bakhmut and Donetsk

Russian forces are continuing futile offensive operations around the city of Donetsk and Bakhmut instead of focusing on defense against Ukrainian counterattacks that are accelerating, the United States Institute for Military Studies wrote in a recent review. Russia continues to attack Bakhmut and villages near the city of Donetsk, the significance of which is only emotional.

The Russians cannot expect to make significant gains around Bakhmut or the city of Donetsk to thwart Ukrainian counterattacks, but the review says they continue to “almost robotically push for a foothold in the Donetsk region.”

AFP/Scanpix photo/On the outskirts of Bachmut

According to experts, if Russia does not take care of strengthening its forces in the eastern regions of Kharkiv and Luhansk, it has become very vulnerable here, as Ukraine can continue counterattacks.

“The Russians may have decided not to defend the area, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s repeated statements that the purpose of the ‘special military operation’ is to ‘liberate’ the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” it continued. According to experts, it may have been decided to give priority to the defense of the occupied territories in the south. However, Russia’s decision to continue fighting around the cities of Bakhmut and Donetsk raises doubts among experts.


AFP/”Scanpix” photo/War in Ukraine. Bachmut

“Ukrainian forces appear to be expanding their positions east of the Oskil River and north of the Seversky Donets River, which could allow them to encircle Russian troops positioned around Liman,” the review said.

It also points out that the Russian forces near Liman most likely consist of reservists and the remnants of units that suffered heavily during the Kharkiv counterattack. It doesn’t look like reinforcements are on the way.

Some conclusions of the Institute of Military Studies:

  • Russian forces are prioritizing strategically pointless offensive operations over defense against ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive operations in the Kharkiv area.
  • Ukrainian forces have liberated a settlement southwest of Liman and are likely to continue expanding their positions in the area.
  • Ukrainian forces continued to carry out a containment campaign in the Kherson region.
  • Russian forces continued unsuccessful attacks around Bakhmut and Avdijivka.
  • Ukrainian sources reported widespread guerrilla attacks on Russian military assets and logistics in the southern Zaporizhia region.

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