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General Malomuzh discusses Ukrainian Armed Forces' strategy in Kherson region

30 November, 2023 Thursday
15:27

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are strengthening their positions in the Kherson region, preventing the enemy from assembling its primary striking forces

General Mykola Malomuzh, a former head of the Ukrainian Foreign Intelligence Service, shared this perspective on Espreso.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine are expanding their presence near Pishchanivka and other areas, making it difficult for the enemy to concentrate their main forces. With additional reserves being mobilized, the occupiers are unable to predict the focal points of our main attacks," he stated.

Malomuzh discussed the strategic movements of the Armed Forces and the encirclement of the Russian troops.

"In the Zaporizhzhia direction, strategically, this involves breaking through, flanking strikes, and deploying new forces on the left bank of the Kherson region. This could eventually lead to encircling a significant enemy force in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. It would cut off the southern and eastern supply routes for the enemy, leaving them surrounded without means of support," he clarified.

He emphasized that this approach aims not only to weaken the enemy but also to liberate the south of Ukraine, paving the way for actions related to the liberation of Crimea.

"This is not just about undermining the enemy's strength in specific directions, including the left bank. It's about encircling the invaders and liberating the south of Ukraine. Once achieved, we can implement measures for the liberation of Crimea. This is a highly effective strategic approach, aligning with the war strategy outlined by Zaluzhnyi," the general affirmed.

The southern direction is crucial for reclaiming territories. Currently, our primary strategic focus is on advancing toward Melitopol. Another potential approach involves launching strikes from the left bank of the Kherson region.

"Our initial operations involve the marines, the elite of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. They not only secure bridgeheads but also conduct raids into occupied territories on the left bank. This strategy prevents the enemy from surrounding our units and launching precise missile and artillery attacks. The troops' flexibility enables us to sustain personnel, effectively eliminate the enemy, identify their firing positions, and withdraw some troops from the Zaporizhzhia direction," summarized Malomuzh.

The enemy faces challenges in mobilizing significant forces from Zaporizhzhia or the eastern bridgehead. Their objective, aligned with Putin's plan to capture Avdiivka, hold Bakhmut, and advance on Kupyansk - Svatove - Kreminna, is being thwarted.

"These avenues are effectively blocked. Special forces cannot be redeployed, and the marines, stationed there, ‘blew up’ due to their own mines. About 50 Russian troops were neutralized, basically using their own resources. This created panic and hindered any offensive actions against our units on the left bank of the Kherson region," added the general.

  • As of November 29, Ukrainian forces continued ground offensives on the left bank of the Dnipro in the Kherson region, making progress near Krynky.
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