Ukrainian Counter-Offensive Makes Breakthrough in First Defense Line

Ukrainian military officials have indicated that their troops successfully penetrated the initial Russian defense lines.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Ukrainian Counter-Offensive Makes Breakthrough in First Defense Line
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Ukrainian military officials have indicated that their troops successfully penetrated the initial Russian defense lines. However, as the fog of war slightly recedes, it reveals yet more daunting Russian fortifications lying in wait.

Progress on Multiple Fronts

Deputy Minister of Defense, Hanna Maliar, declared on the Telegram messaging app that Ukrainian troops are making advances in the Zaporozhye region, particularly in the direction of Novodanylivka and Novoprokopivka, two southeastern villages.

Washington has seconded this positive assessment, noting that Kiev has made commendable progress on the southern front over the past three days. Despite the optimism, Ms. Maliar was candid about the challenges faced by Ukrainian soldiers.

The troops, having been ensnared in intense combat across densely mined regions for nearly three months, have recently come up against substantial Russian defense barriers. To further highlight the ferocity of the battle, Ms.

Maliar shed light on the relentless clashes happening south of Bakhmut, an eastern city that fell into Russian hands earlier in May. Villages like Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, and Andriivka have been witnessing fierce combat.

Adding to this narrative of intense warfare, the eastern front near Lyman has also seen its fair share of "active" fighting. Here, Russian forces have been ambitiously trying to inch forward, specifically near the villages of Novoyehorivka and Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region.

Strategic Slow-Movement: A Deliberate Choice

While the Ukrainian army's counter-offensive has not resulted in the capture of any major settlement, they have managed to reclaim over a dozen villages.

An illustrative victory from last week was the capture of the village of Robotin. Beyond this village lies a hill under Russian control, marked with vast anti-tank trenches and formidable concrete barriers that can be observed from space.

Yet, the narrative isn't one-sided. Russia has termed Ukraine's efforts as lackluster and ineffective. In contrast, Kiev insists that their measured pace is a strategic choice aimed at minimizing casualties. According to Reuters, a part of Ukraine's challenge stems from its limited air power, a capability their Western allies often overlook.

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