Analytical information was presented by Euronews columnist Sasha Vakulina :
“Ukrainian military officials and Russian nationalists who support the war have doubts about Russia’s ability to launch a large-scale offensive in the Donetsk region in the current state of the Russian military,” according to the latest report from the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) .
Earlier, think tank experts reported that Russian forces have regained the initiative on the Svatovo-Kremennaya line , but operations are not yet at full capacity.
Reports of tactical failures and that the Russians had already exhausted their assault potential in the Ugledar region probably further undermined the confidence of representatives of ultranationalist circles in the ability of the Russian army to launch a decisive offensive.
Amid reports of heavy personnel losses, the Russian military command is deploying its most elite units to the Bakhmut area in small formations, using the tactics of infiltrating cities. This is evidenced by the few footage of the use of Russian tactics in the area, according to ISW.
Russian offensive operations in other areas of the Donetsk region and along the Svatovo-Kremennaya line have so far led to insignificant successes of limited operational significance.
Despite the fact that the main battles are taking place in the central regions of Donbass, Russia is still concerned about the defense of the extreme sections of the long front line, the British Ministry of Defense notes.
This is evidenced by the ongoing construction of defensive fortifications in the Zaporozhye and Lugansk regions and the deployment of personnel.
Any advancement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Zaporozhye will seriously threaten the Russian “land corridor” connecting the Rostov region and Crimea. The success of Ukraine in the Lugansk region will further hinder the implementation of Moscow’s declared goal of the so-called. “liberation” of Donbass.
Determining which of the listed threats seems to be the most serious is, perhaps, the main task facing the Russian military command.