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Arms race is gradually shifting to air and airwaves - military expert Zgurets

24 November, 2023 Friday
13:00

Electronic warfare systems, attack drones, secure communication channels, and equipment can jam these communication channels. All of this is becoming the main factor in the successful combat operations of  war

Defense Forces repelled 30 enemy attacks near Avdiivka in a day

Yesterday, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that the Russian invaders attacked the Avdiivka and Kupyansk directions the most. On November 22, Russians launched the third wave of their offensive against Avdiivka. The commander of the Tavria operational and strategic group, Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, said that total enemy losses amounted to 706 people and 51 pieces of military equipment. In particular, 8 tanks, 13 armored combat vehicles, 8 artillery systems and more equipment were damaged.

In total, the Defense Forces repelled 30 enemy attacks in the Avdiivka sector over the day. The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces claims that the enemy's offensive was unsuccessful. However, after suffering heavy losses, the enemy is regrouping and is likely to continue its offensive. Now the Russian forces are attacking Avdiivka from several directions. In the north - in the direction of Stepove, Novokalynove and Keramik. The Russian troops are also trying to break through the Ukrainian defense in the east in the vicinity of Coke Plant and in the south in the direction of Sievierne.

Map of fighting near Avdiivka

Map of combat actions in the Avdiivka sector over November 15-22

Enemy activation in the Kupyansk direction

The Kupyansk direction is no less difficult. In the morning report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it was noted that the Defense Forces repelled 12 enemy attacks over the past day, and the enemy also launched an air strike on Kupyansk-Vuzlovyi station. Army Commander Oleksandr Syrskyi has already emphasized that the Russian troops are trying to reach the village of Synkivka to continue their offensive on Kupyansk. In this area, Russians continue to use Storm Z units to assault Ukrainian positions. Aviation is also actively used to strike at Ukrainian positions. Let me remind you that in the spring and summer the enemy already tried to attack this area of the front. However, the occupiers suffered heavy losses and were exhausted, and now they have regrouped and are trying to attack again. The enemy has concentrated a significant number of troops and equipment in the Kupyansk direction.

Electronic warfare and drones are the main factors of successful combat operations in this war

Serhiy Dibrov, head of public relations for the 21st Separate Mechanized Brigade, said that in the Kupyansk direction, due to weather changes over the past week, armored vehicles have been used more freely. The enemy is also using this situation to redeploy equipment to maneuver during the offensive. Russians continue to shell Ukrainian positions and try to conduct assault operations.

Dibrov also noted that weather conditions also affect the work of unmanned aircraft. On sunny, calm days, Ukrainian and enemy unmanned aerial vehicles are actively operating, which in turn affects the entire order of hostilities.

According to Serhiy Dibrov, head of the public relations service of the 21st Separate Mechanized Brigade, the arms race between the two sides is gradually shifting to aviation and airwaves. That is, electronic warfare systems, attack drones, secure communication channels, and equipment that can jam these communication channels. All of this, according to Dibrov, is becoming the main factor in the successful combat operations of this war. It is possible that the Russians are deploying new weapons to the Kupyansk direction, but Dibrov emphasized that there are no fundamentally catastrophic changes on the front line. The Ukrainian Armed Forces units continue to operate in normal mode.

Dibrov said that, according to the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, the Russians have amassed a very large group of troops in the Kupyansk direction. In particular, more than 700 tanks and 100 thousand troops. That is why the Defense Forces are performing mainly defensive tasks in this area. Dibrov said that his brigade is armed with a Swedish CV90 combat vehicle and STRV 122 tanks. According to him, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are very fond of this equipment. This equipment differs from Soviet models in terms of crew protection and ergonomics. Dibrov also noted that Western equipment is significantly different in that it can suffer only light damage after being hit.

Serhiy Dibrov also said that the soldiers are fully provided with winter gear. There are no problems with this. Dibrov added that the only need that is always required in large quantities is FPV drones.

A case has been opened against Pozhmashina, which supplied vehicles to the State Emergency Service, for excessive profits

Oleh Averyanov, CEO of Pozhmashyna, said that the situation with the criminal proceedings against his company has not changed over the past month. They are trying to resolve the situation, and he and the company's representatives have been talking to lawyers for almost two weeks. He emphasized that the company does not understand and does not know how and under what law the company should prove to the state that it has the right to make a profit. After all, any company is created to make a profit.

Oleh Averyanov said that his company had appealed to the State Bureau of Investigation. Then they received a resolution to seize the documents. Accordingly, the lawyers prepared all the necessary documents, which were submitted to the SBI. According to Averyanov, they were told that they had to wait for summonses for interrogation for further investigation of the criminal case, according to which Pozhmashyna caused damage to the state by receiving profits from orders. Averyanov noted that the authorities are not trying to resolve this issue in any way.

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