MOSCOW, January 14 – RIA Novosti, Andrey Kots. Russian troops occupied Soledar. As stated in the Ministry of Defense, this will allow the offensive in the Donbass to continue. Other parts of the thousand-kilometer front are also preparing for intense clashes. About the situation in the conflict zone – in the material of RIA Novosti.
springboard for attack
The operational break taken by the parties in October-November is coming to an end. At the front, artillery duels intensified, attacks of sabotage groups became more frequent, and opponents are constantly reconnaissance in force.
The media warns of a possible attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is not clear exactly where.
There are three most likely options. First, the Kremennaya – Svatovo line. This is a kind of intersection: in the east – LPR, in the west – Kharkov region, in the south – DPR, in the north – Belgorod region. Having captured it, the Ukrainians will be able to advance in Severodonetsk, Lysichansk, Rubizhne and actually divide the Luhansk People’s Republic in two.
In addition, Svatovo is an important railway junction where the Russian group in the region is supplied.
Positional battles here have not subsided since the fall, with the sides making trial attacks in the gray zone and harassing artillery fire. The facade is well reinforced. In the fields, anti-tank ditches, fences, rows of concrete hollows, trenches stretch to the horizon. Construction equipment goes under Svatovo in an endless stream.
“It’s unlikely that they’ll cross here suddenly. We have a serious advantage in artillery. If they move, they’ll hit you right under them,” says an officer with the Karat callsign of the LPR’s 2nd Army Corps. weaponry. Now they are trying to find weak spots in our positions. , Polish speaking is constantly on the air. In principle, they are nothing special. Ukrainians can teach everyone to fight themselves.”
Attack on Volnovakha
The second promising direction for the Armed Forces of Ukraine is from Vuhledar, southwest of Donetsk. Kyiv still holds this city at a dominant height. Ammunition and reinforcements are constantly being brought there from Kurakhov and Velikaya Novoselka. If the Ukrainian Armed Forces manage to gather enough forces and vehicles here, they can try to hit the liberated Volnovakha in the spring and cut the Donetsk-Mariupol highway.
Russian troops control the southern suburb of Ugledar, Pavlovka, and are trying to secure a foothold on the outskirts of the settlement. At the same time, units of the 1st Army Corps of the DPR People’s Militia are advancing step by step in Marinka, near Donetsk. If the Veseushniks are driven from there, the road to Ugledar from the northeast will be opened.
“There is a serious grouping there,” says an officer with the call sign Klim from the 1AK NM of the DPR, “Tanks, infantry, artillery – there is no shortage of people and equipment in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We are waiting for them to start active operations to catch a counterattack and Aerial reconnaissance is difficult without helicopters.”
In the Zaporozhye direction, the main target of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is undoubtedly the Energodar and Zaporozhye NPP. According to local authorities, Ukrainians are preparing for a lightning strike across the Dnieper.
“The river has become very shallow – and not just like that. The reduction in water flow is artificial, it is organized gradually by the Kyiv authorities,” said Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region. Closing the hydraulic gates of the hydroelectric power station in the dams of the Dnieper cascade in the upper reaches, including Kremenchug and Dneproges”.
The city of Tokmak, an important transport hub that is a potential springboard for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to attack Melitopol and Berdyansk, is also under threat. Ukraine wants to return to the shores of the Sea of Azov, go to the border with Crimea and cut off the grouping of Russian troops in the south.
But this is not easy to do: there are several well-fortified defensive lines in the Zaporozhye region.
And it is very difficult for the Kyiv regime in the Donbass. The release of Soledar, as stated in the Ministry of Defense, will hinder Artemovsk. Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers will end up in the cauldron.
In addition, a road opens from the Artemovskaya agglomeration to Konstantinovka, Kramatorsk and in the future to Slavyansk, which will become the “heart” of the Donbass group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Both sides are preparing for fierce battles.
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