the frontline strikes again just like the betrayal delusion,”Dolchstosslegende”

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops retook a large swath of territory from Russia on Monday, pushing all the best way again to the northeastern border in some locations, and claimed to have captured many Russian troopers as a part of a lightning advance that compelled Moscow to make a hasty retreat.

A spokesman for Ukrainian navy intelligence mentioned Russian troops had been surrendering en masse as “they perceive the hopelessness of their scenario.” A Ukrainian presidential adviser mentioned there have been so many POWs that the nation was working out of house to accommodate them.

As blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flags fluttered over newly liberated cities, the Ukrainian navy mentioned it had freed greater than 20 settlements in 24 hours. In latest days, Kyiv’s forces have captured territory no less than twice the dimensions of higher London, based on the British Protection Ministry.

After months of little discernible motion on the battlefield, the momentum has lifted Ukrainian morale and provoked uncommon public criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warfare.

“In some areas of the entrance, our defenders reached the state border with the Russian Federation,” mentioned Oleh Syniehubov, governor of the northeastern Kharkiv area. Over the weekend, the Russian Protection Ministry mentioned troops could be pulled from two areas in that area to regroup within the jap area of Donetsk.…

This gorgeous Ukrainian advance was something however sudden. It resulted from a affected person navy buildup, wonderful operational safety, and, perhaps most necessary, the diversion of a few of the Russian military’s strongest models from Kharkiv Oblast itself. The general planning by the Ukrainian authorities and armed forces labored nicely on so many ranges that it produced one of many best military-strategy successes since 1945.

Solely every week in the past, a very powerful engagement for Ukraine gave the impression to be the battle for Kherson. For months, President Volodymyr Zelensky, his senior aides, and different Ukrainian sources had publicly proclaimed the aim of liberating the politically and strategically necessary southern metropolis and the remainder of the Russian-controlled territory on the west financial institution of the Dnipro River. Not solely did the Ukrainians focus on the upcoming marketing campaign, however they took all the required preparatory steps. They used their handiest long-range weaponry, together with the American-supplied Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System, to destroy bridges, ammunition depots, and different targets up and down the Russian traces close to Kherson. These logistical assaults steered that the Ukrainians would give attention to this space for the remainder of the summer time.


Ukraine’s restraint in Kherson now appears like a tactical determination. As Ukrainian Minister of Protection Oleksii Reznikov admitted Saturday, Ukraine’s generals had been planning to launch two campaigns concurrently. If the Kherson offensive was designed to grind down Russian forces by drawing them in after which confronting them head-on, the Kharkiv Oblast offensive had higher territorial ambitions. Ukraine hoped to retake the town of Kupyansk. The Russians had been utilizing this road-and-rail hub to get provides to Izium, a base for his or her operations within the Donbas.

Looking back, each offensives had been attainable solely due to a ghastly summer time of attritional warfare in that area. Since April the Ukrainians have suffered horrifying losses in that area however have inflicted even bigger ones on the enemy. So the Russian military has been making an attempt to carry a big and geographically unwieldy slice of Ukraine whilst its personal numbers decline. Ukraine, which has been conscripting troopers since Putin began this warfare, has amassed a military bigger than the Russian invasion drive. Russian officers, in the meantime, are fearful of upsetting their populace and have averted conscription—to the purpose of deploying mercenaries and sourcing troopers from prisons and psychological hospitals. So when Putin took the Ukrainians’ bait in Kherson, a shrinking Russian military moved forces away from the realm that Ukraine wished to assault and towards an space the place Ukraine was waging a warfare of attrition.

The Ukrainians wrote a script, and the Russians performed their assigned function. In contrast to Kherson, the place the invaders had massed forces and arrange a multilayered protection, Kharkiv Oblast was thinly protected by the Russian forces. The Ukrainians had been thus simply in a position to break Russian traces, which appear to have been held by poorly motivated and educated forces, and streak deep behind them. To provide their forces the very best probability to succeed, the Ukrainians additionally appear to have constructed up a considerable, fast-moving strike drive. With out permitting particulars of their preparations to leak out—Ukrainian sources have disclosed little if any data beneficial to Russia—they appear to have constructed various specialised fight brigades with lighter, quicker wheeled automobiles. This has allowed them a vital mobility benefit over their enemy.

Although the warfare is way from over and Russia can discover new methods to punish Ukraine, collapsing Russian forces haven’t solely been pushed again; in abandoning their former headquarters in Izium, additionally they left behind massive shops of kit and ammunition that the Ukrainians can now use towards them. Even when the Russians stabilize the road within the coming days, they are going to be in a far worse place than they had been on September 1. Constructing on months of cautious efforts to each put together Ukrainian forces and waste Russian ones, Ukraine has achieved a strategic masterstroke that navy students will research for many years to return.…




Ukraine’s southern counteroffensive is continuous to have important impacts on Russian morale and navy capabilities in southern Ukraine. Satellite tv for pc imagery of identified Russian positions in Kyselivka, 15km northwest of Kherson Metropolis, reveals that every one however 4 Russian automobiles have departed from earlier ahead positions, per rumors that Donetsk Folks’s Republic (DNR) troops have deserted Kyselivka and moved again in the direction of the Dnipro River.[i] Kyselivka is an operationally important location for Russian forces round Kherson Metropolis as a result of it’s the final main settlement alongside each the E58 freeway and a railway line between present Ukrainian positions and Chornobaivka, the outermost a part of Kherson Metropolis. The obvious withdrawal of Russian troops from this place could compromise the Russians’ means to defend the northwestern outskirts of Kherson Metropolis and means that Russian troops on this space understand an imminent risk to their positions. Spokesperson for Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command, Natalya Humenyuk, said on September 12 that Russian forces positioned alongside the correct financial institution of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast try to barter for give up underneath the auspices of worldwide legislation.[ii] Ukrainian operations in Kharkiv Oblast are unlikely to have had such a dramatic psychological impact on Russian troops this far south, and each the withdrawal of troops from ahead positions in Kyselivka and studies of give up negotiations are indicators that Ukrainian counteroffensives within the south are progressing in a big manner, even when visibility on this axis is proscribed by the shift in focus to Kharkiv.……






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