British intelligence assesses situation at front after Ukraine’s successes near Bakhmut
On September 15, Ukrainian troops took control of the villages of Klishchiivka and Andriivka near Bakhmut. Due to the Russians' deployment to the Melitopol direction, their defense in Donetsk region has weakened
The UK Ministry of Defenсe reports.
It is noted that the liberated villages are located about 8 km south of the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk region.
According to intelligence, this tactical success brings Ukrainian forces closer to the T 05-13 road, one of the main supply routes to Bakhmut from the south. However, Russia continues to hold the railway line that runs along the embankment between Klishchiivka and the T 05-13, creating a readily defendable obstacle.
"Recent redeployments of Russian airborne forces from Bakhmut to Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine have likely weakened Russia's defenses around Bakhmut," the intelligence service said.
Over the past 24 hours, Russian invaders unsuccessfully attempted to advance on the Bakhmut, Marinka and Zaporizhzhia directions.