Russia is shifting its forces from the Donbass and other occupied territories to southern Ukraine, especially to the vicinity of Kherson, the British defense ministry informed in its daily intelligence update. According to the ministry, it is there, on the 350-kilometer section between Zaporizhia and Kherson, that the toughest fights will now be fought.
“Russian forces are almost certainly gathering in the south in anticipation of a counteroffensive Ukraine or in preparation for a possible assault. Long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks, towed artillery and other weapons continue to move away from the Ukrainian region Donbas and are headed southwest “- reported the British Ministry of Defense.
“It was also reported that equipment had been shipped from occupied by Russia Melitopol, Berdyansk, Mariupola and from the actual territory of Russia across the Kerch Bridge to the Crimea. Battalion Tactical Groups (BGTs), which number 800 to 1,000 soldiers, have been deployed in Crimea and would almost certainly be used to support Russian troops in the Kherson area. On August 2, a new BGT is deployed in Crimea, and BGTs from the Eastern Force Group are also being transferred. Most likely, in the coming days they will be sent to the Kherson area “- it was written in the daily intelligence update.
“Ukrainian forces are focusing on attacking bridges, ammunition depots and railroad connections in the southern regions of Ukraine, including the strategically important rail link that connects Kherson with Russia-occupied Crimea, almost certainly using a combination of blocking, damaging, degrading, destroying and disrupting effects. to try to influence Russia’s ability to supply logistics. Russia’s war with Ukraine is entering a new phase, and the heaviest fighting will move to an approximately 350 km front line stretching southwest from the Zaporozhye area to Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper “- added.
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