According to open information, the invaders are strengthening their grouping on the left bank of the Kherson region. No additional equipment is brought there, and many invaders do not even have bulletproof vests.
About thisChannel 24said military expert Oleg Zhdanov. According to the latest information, the invaders are bringing personnel to the Kherson direction. Similar actions can be noted in the temporarily occupied territories of the Zaporozhye region.
Russians are afraid of a counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
According to Zhdanov, the Russian invaders are afraid of a potential counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to Melitopol. Therefore, they strengthen their own defense capabilities.
They are very afraid that we will launch an offensive against Melitopol. Therefore, they are reinforcing groups near Tokmak, Melitopol, Vasilyevka and trying to build a line of defense. And they are trying to make a fortified area around Melitopol,” Zhdanov noted.
Based on this open information, as Zhdanov suggests, it can be argued that the invaders are preparing more for defense than for offensive operations.
Despite this, the Russians tried to carry out offensive operations in 3 areas in the Zaporozhye direction. True, as Zhdanov noted, it was like reconnaissance in force. At one of the sites, they threw 2 platoons – the Ukrainian military immediately burned the enemy infantry fighting vehicle. In the other two directions, the invaders generally walked.
Ukraine is preparing for a counteroffensive
- The Main Intelligence Directorate announced its forecast for the further course of hostilities in 2023. They believe that the decisive stage in the war will be the spring-summer of 2023. Then it will be possible to talk about the timing of the end of the war.
- According to Reuters, the White House recommends that Ukraine refrain from launching a major offensive against the Russian occupiers for the time being. The reason turned out to be quite obvious.
- The former commander of US forces in Europe, Ben Hodges, said that Ukraine is building up strength for a counteroffensive in the spring. According to him, Crimea is a decisive territory for Ukraine, which will be liberated before the end of summer 2023. But this will happen only if the West provides the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the necessary weapons.