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British intelligence estimates Russian commanders' mood on Dnipro's left bank in Kherson region

22 November, 2023 Wednesday
14:51

The battles around Krynky on the left bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson region are smaller than some other battles, but they are extremely unpleasant for Russian commanders.

This was reported by the UK Ministry of Defence.

According to intelligence reports, the fighting around Krynky is characterized by confusing infantry clashes and artillery fire in a difficult forested area.

“Ukraine has made particularly effective use of small attack uncrewed aerial vehicles, while the Russian Air Force is conducting significant numbers of sorties in support of frontline troops, predominantly launching munitions from beyond the range of Ukraine’s air defences,” the message reads.

Instead, the intelligence notes that Russian leaders view the Ukrainian operation as extremely unpleasant. Russia retreated from the right bank of the Dnipro River a year ago, almost certainly in an effort to keep Ukrainian troops west of the river, maintain calm in that area, and free up Russian forces in other locations.

Operation on the left bank of the Kherson region

On September 14 and 15, Ukrainian troops crossed the Dnipro River, presumably to consolidate their positions and prepare for an offensive on the left bank of the Kherson region. The Russian forces claim that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been preparing to cross the Dnipro since July.

On September 20, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported on new footholds of the Defense Forces on the left bank of the Dnipro.

The Institute for the Study of War said that units of two Ukrainian marine brigades probably crossed the Dnipro River on October 17-18 and landed on the left bank of the river in Kherson region.

On October 20, ISW stated that the Ukrainian offensive on the left bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson region appears to be larger than previous raids. Geolocation footage shows that the Ukrainian Armed Forces maintain a presence along the Dnipro bank and near the Antonivskyi Bridge. On the same day, Zelenskyy came to Kherson region to hold a meeting and present awards.

On October 21, ISW reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to conduct larger-than-usual ground operations on the left bank of the Kherson region. In particular, Ukrainian soldiers are fighting in the village of Krynky. 

Also, according to the spokesperson of the Southern Defense Forces, Natalia Humeniuk, in order to "make life easier" on the right bank of the Dnipro River, it is necessary to clear a part of the left bank, which remains under fire from the Russian troops.

On November 1, the ISW reported that the Ukrainian military attempted to breach the Russian defenses near Pishchanivka and Poyma on Dnipro's left bank in the Kherson region. The army is also maintaining positions in Krynky and near the Antonivskyi roadway.

On November 8, it was reported that Ukrainian forces have moved a limited number of armored vehicles to the left bank of the Kherson region. Meanwhile, several hundred Ukrainian defenders are operating there.

On November 10, the Institute for the Study of War noted that the Defense Forces cut the Oleshky-Nova Kakhovka road in Kherson region and created additional logistical problems for the Russian occupiers in this area.

On November 20, Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Volunteer Army South, said that Ukrainian marines destroyed several enemy trucks on the Oleshky-Nova Kakhovka road.

Analysts at the Institute of War Studies suggest that the Russian Defense Ministry and Russian officials are trying to calm the hysteria surrounding Ukrainian operations on the left bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson region.



 
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