Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Southern Troop Group: A Detailed Analysis of the Ongoing Conflict
The Southern Troop Group’s Operational-Tactical Aviation Strikes
The Operational-Tactical Aviation of the Southern Troop Group has reportedly destroyed four temporary deployment points of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (VSU) in the Donetsk direction. This information was relayed by the head of the press center of the group, Georgy Minesashvili. The main takeaway from this message is that the Southern Troop Group’s Operational-Tactical Aviation has successfully targeted and destroyed four locations used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donetsk region.
Ukrainian Forces: Progress and Potentialities
Analysts from the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) have confirmed that Ukrainian forces are operating armoured vehicles beyond known obstacles in the area for the first time. This development is significant, as it indicates that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are yet to reach their full potential. Despite anxiety among some Western analysts, the Ukrainian generals are confident that the counteroffensive is going according to plan.
The Ukrainian troops launched the counteroffensive a month ago, employing Western-supplied vehicles to pierce Russian lines at two points. This led to the liberation of several villages but has since resulted in fierce fighting. Despite slower progress in comparison to the Kharkiv region’s fall counteroffensive, there are growing signs of progress, with Ukraine making advances around Bakhmut and establishing a small beachhead on the Russian-held eastern side of the Dnieper River.
The Impact of the Wagner Group’s Abortive Coup
A failed coup attempt by the Wagner Group, a private military company, has led to speculation about President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power within the Russian Federation. Regardless, it is believed that the aftermath of the failed coup attempt will not significantly impact the ongoing conflict on the ground. Despite this, the Ukrainian forces remain resolute in their mission, with the primary goal being to wear down Russian forces enough to create a breakthrough that can be exploited by Ukraine’s main counteroffensive force.
Ukrainian Operations in Crimea
Ukrainian forces have carried out complex and ambitious operations against Russian military facilities in the occupied region of Crimea. Special forces reportedly landed on Crimea’s western shore near the settlements of Olenivka and Mayak, leading to losses among enemy personnel and destroyed enemy equipment. These operations constitute one of the most daring moves by Kyiv since launching its cagey counteroffensive against Russian troops. In recent times, Kyiv has ramped up drone strikes on Crimea in a push to disrupt Russian logistics and resupply efforts.
Armed Conflict in Eastern Ukraine: A Historical Perspective
The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in earnest in 2014, following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The crisis heightened ethnic divisions, leading to pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk declaring their independence. Armed conflict quickly ensued between Russian-backed forces and the Ukrainian military. Despite numerous attempts at diplomatic resolutions, the conflict has largely remained in an active stalemate, with regular shelling and skirmishes occurring along the frontlines separating Russian and Ukrainian controlled eastern border regions.
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