Ukraine's defense forces have advanced in western Zaporizhzhia region and near Bakhmut - ISW
On October 9, Ukrainian troops continued counter-offensive operations and achieved partial success west of Verbove, near Klishchiivka and Andriivka
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reports.
The Ukrainian General Staff and Ukrainian Tavria Group of Forces Spokesperson Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun reported that Ukrainian forces achieved partial success west of Verbove (18km southeast of Orikhiv) and near Klishchiivka (5km southwest of Bakhmut) and Andriivka (10km southwest of Bakhmut).
Russian milbloggers claimed that rainfall has worsened visibility in southern Ukraine, hindering Russian and Ukrainian reconnaissance drone operations.
"One Russian milblogger claimed that the ground has become muddy and obstructs tracked vehicle movement, though another milblogger claimed that the ground has not yet become muddy enough to inhibit vehicle movement," the report states.
Russian forces reportedly launched localized offensive operations south of Hulyaipole, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, and may have reorganized the Southern Grouping of Forces.
It is noted that Russian forces conducted a limited unsuccessful offensive operation in western Zaporizhzhia Oblast on October 9. The Ukrainian General Staff and Shtupun reported that Ukrainian forces repelled a Russian attack north of Novoprokopivka.
A Ukrainian military observer reported that the Russian 1152nd and 1441st Motorized Rifle regiments replaced the 1429th and 1430th Motorized Rifle regiments defending the Novoprokopivka-Verbove line after the 1429th and 1430th regiments rotated from the front after intense fighting degraded their combat capabilities.
In the evening report, the General Staff stated that the Ukrainian Defense Forces continued offensive operations in the Melitopol direction, offensive (assault) operations in the Bakhmut direction, inflicted losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces, and exhausted the Russian troops along the entire front line.