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The Ukrainian army intensified its offensive in the south before the onset of bad autumn weather.

The Ukrainian army intensified its offensive in the south before the onset of bad autumn weather.
Ukrainian soldiers fire small multiple-launch rocket systems at Russian troops near a front line in the Zaporizhia region on August 19, 2023 (REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)

Ukrainian troops have intensified their operations in the south of the country, expecting bad weather conditions due to autumn, which will slow down their advances and make it easier for Russian forces to defend their positions.

“Ukrainian forces continue Offensive action in the direction of Melitopol (Saphorgia region).Integrate and execute on achieved levels Acts of Counter-Battery”, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported this Saturday.

According to the Ukrainian military command, in the past day, the aircraft hit twelve troop positions and an enemy anti-aircraft missile system in the area.

Kyiv’s troops are present About 60 kilometers north of MelitopolThe city, occupied by Russian forces, is crucial to the defense of the land route linking the Crimean peninsula with mainland Russia and has been one of the targets of the Ukrainian offensive.

In a recent report on the situation on the Ukrainian fronts, the US Institute of Warfare (ISW) indicated that Russian troops defending themselves in the eastern Zaporizhia region have not rotated or received significant reinforcements since early June. The Ukrainian counteroffensive began.

A Ukrainian soldier takes a photo of the badly damaged “Reikorts” hotel after a Russian rocket attack in Zaporizhia on August 11, 2023 (Europe Press / Andriy Andreyenko)

Kiev forces not only attacked the Russian defensive lines in the Zapoprizhzia region, but also in Crimea. Drone attack According to sources from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), they inflicted “dozens of casualties” on the enemy.

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“We can already talk about dozens of dead and wounded Russians. Ammunition storage areas were also hit. Also, military equipment was heavily damaged,” the sources said.

SBU announced that There will be more “surprises” for the occupying forces.

On Wednesday, a team of Ukrainian naval and intelligence forces landed in an area located between the towns of Olenivka and Mayak in the west of Crimea. President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the move, although he admitted it was “too soon” to talk about the “liberation” of the peninsula, with Kiev unwilling to give up on possible talks with Russia.

The United Kingdom’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DI) has warned that Ukrainian advances in the south are prompting Russia to regain the initiative and launch an offensive. At the ends of Kubiansk and Liman, In northwestern Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers take part in a military exercise in Kubiansk district, Ukraine, on August 16, 2023 (Europa Press / Peter Druk)

“The intensity of Russia’s offensive on the Kubiansk-Liman axis will increase over the next two months, with a real chance of advancing to the Oskol River and creating a buffer zone around the area. Luhansk”, posted on DI Social Network X (formerly Twitter).

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, in the last twenty-four hours the troops of the Western Group have “improved their positions on the front line” on the Kubiansk front. Delivering a daily report, the ministry’s spokesman, Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, assured that Russian troops had repelled a total of 18 Ukrainian offensives on different fronts.

With information from EFE and EuropaPress

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