The Russo-Ukrainian War: A World War I World Blood Pump

25 Jan 2023 9:48 pm

The front in the Ukraine war has moved along a line of several hundred kilometers, the Russian military is advancing in many places. RT summarizes the latest Russian reports on what is happening at the front in an overview.

By Vladislav Sankin

First of all, it must be stated: The large-scale offensives with frontal attacks, in which the tanks roll and a crowd of infantrymen run with battle cries in the direction of the enemy trenches, are long gone. In today’s war in Ukraine, offensives are usually advances by smaller assault units, supported by careful aerial reconnaissance and artillery. Armed with MANPADs and machine guns, the soldiers usually fight in an area already cleared of artillery.

Cities or larger settlements are usually surrounded first, with the enemy first having to get into the so-called operational encirclement. This presupposes bringing the supply routes under one’s own “fire control” by means of artillery. Until then, civilians must be evacuated from the contested zones. If this does not happen, they are forced to stay in their basements for the duration of the fighting. The people affected are often starving, exposed to extreme danger and frightened. Their fate is heavily dependent on the behavior of the retreating army.

Just a month before the first anniversary of the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Russia is on the offensive on several front sectors. The Russian army had previously had to withdraw from several areas, especially in the Kharkov and Cherson regions. This was mostly due to the enemy’s numerical superiority, and in part to his better equipment with the means of digital reconnaissance made available by the West. This, in turn, was the result of the fact that at the beginning of the operation Russia had not sent a large conquering army to Ukraine, but mostly smaller expeditionary forces.

At the latest with the successful conclusion of the Russian partial mobilization and the conversion of the industry to war economy production, the phase of military failures seems to be over for Russia. The front was stabilized along the entire line, and defensive lines were set up in the nearby rear. The front was continuously reinforced with fighters, military equipment and ammunition, reconnaissance equipment and better supplies.

The first military success – the capture of Soledar in the first half of January – was not long in coming. At the moment, however, apart from a small strip of land in the Kharkov region, Russia is still fighting on its new territories. From a Russian perspective, the reconquest is currently taking place there; Kyiv, on the other hand, sees itself in a fight against the occupiers – with weapons and sometimes even personnel from the West.

Russian army finds weakness in Ukraine's defenses

An overview of the currently most important front sections where the Russian army is on the offensive or taking the initiative:

Artemovsk-Seversk line

Daily the assault units of the Wagner Group reported the capture of one or more smaller suburbs of Artemowsk (Bachmut). This well-fortified town is located north-west of the major city of Gorlovka and is considered crucial for advancing to the Ukrainian army headquarters in Kramatorsk.

According to Russian military analysts, Artemovsk is now close to operational encirclement from the south and north. About 20 brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and foreign mercenaries are based in the city. Two of the three main supply routes for the Ukrainian armed forces are already under Russian control, but the road to Chasov Yar is still being fought. According to Russian military blogger Yuri Podoljaka, the “death struggle” of the Ukrainian army in Artemowsk is imminent in the next few weeks. He explains:

“The complete encirclement of the Ukrainian garrison in Artemovsk, the main logistics hub in the Donbass that still remains under Kiev’s control, appears to be just a matter of days.”

For more details, see his latest video.

At the same time, the pressure on the city of Seversk in the north of the DPR, which is still held by the Ukrainian forces, is increasing. Here, too, there are signs of progressive encirclement. According to Russian front-line fighters, the Ukrainians are also running out of ammunition. “The shelling from the Ukrainian side is decreasing, and they are increasingly getting into defensive fighting,” report Russian soldiers.

Ugledar

According to military analyst and field commander of the special unit “Vostok” Alexander Khodakovsi, an offensive is currently taking place in the direction of the city of Ugledar in the south-west of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The aim there is also to surround the city. The advance was “ordered,” he emphasized in a report on Tuesday.

“Our troops have received strict orders to move west, and this order will be carried out. Enemy defenses have been squeezed in several areas and we are fighting to encircle Ugledar. Lessons learned from the fighting so far have been taken into account – that Command therefore sees no reason to attack the place head-on.”

The West does not deliver tanks, but illusions

The information has since been confirmed by a number of Russian military correspondents. Accordingly, the Ukrainian positions in the city area are increasingly coming under artillery fire. The Ukrainians would be expelled from a high-rise settlement in the city, the fighting is already taking place in the city area. According to the portal Readovka Pacific Fleet marines and several other highly professional assault units are involved in retaking the city. The Russian artillery, in particular the thermobaric rocket launcher “Solnzepjok”, is used extensively.

Field commander Chodakowski, whose units are involved in the fighting, said the pace of the offensive had slowed as a result of a regrouping of enemy forces during the morning. However, the enemy is retreating.

“In some sections the enemy was knocked out of the first line and retreated behind the fortified underground communications in the coal minesalmost back to Ugledar. There’s hard work ahead.”

The military analyst Podoljaka sees the Russian military leadership’s intention in the strike on Ugledar to splinter the enemy forces west of Donetsk and thus push the front dozens of kilometers away from the region’s capital. The ultimate goal is to weaken the positions around Avdeyevka, another heavily fortified city north of Donetsk. The firing positions there are notorious for massively shelling the civilian districts of Donetsk.

Zaporozhye

On this large section of the front in the south, the Russian troops made small advances. They took control of several places. This was also mentioned by the Russian Defense Ministry in its report on Wednesday.

“The Russian troops of the Vostok group took up more favorable positions in the offensive towards Zaporozhye.”

RIA Novosti used a drone video to document the abandoned Ukrainian trenches in the village of Kamenskoye.

An analysis of the portal provided further details Ukraine.ru. The military experts interviewed said that the Ukrainian military command had withdrawn several battle-hardened brigades from the part of the front where Russia had previously expected a Ukrainian offensive on Berdyansk and Melitopol to Artemovsk to defend the “Donbass Fortress”.

“Taking advantage of this favorable situation, the Russian units carried out reconnaissance operations in the direction of Zaporozhye and found several weak points. First they struck there with artillery, then with armored vehicles supported by infantry. As a result, they broke through the first line of defense and advanced seven kilometers .”

After further breakthroughs in the defense lines in the entire front section, it is to be expected that the Ukrainian army will withdraw from the steppes and have to entrench themselves in the big cities, the analysis continues. Should that happen, the Ukraine war would enter a new phase.

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