Russia intensifies air strikes, but slows down ground attacks in Ukraine - ISW
Recently, Russian troops have reduced the intensity of offensive actions on the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line, but increased the number of air strikes
The Institute for the Study of War writes about this.
It is noted that Russian and Ukrainian officials are increasingly reporting fewer Russian ground attacks in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions, indicating that Ukrainian offensive operations have drawn Russian forces away from the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line and significantly degraded the Russian offensive effort on this line.
Instead, Russian aviation is increasingly active in the Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Kherson regions and apparently less active in areas of western Zaporizhia region where Ukrainian forces are counterattacking. Last week, Russian troops intensified air strikes against targets in the right bank of the Kherson region and against rear Ukrainian ground lines of communication (GLOCs) in the Kupyansk direction.
"The decreased Russian aviation use in western Zaporizhia Oblast has not seriously undermined the Russian defense, however, as Russian forces appear to have increased their use of strike drones against advancing Ukrainian forces, and Russian artillery units continue to play a significant role in repelling Ukrainian assaults," ISW wrote.
On September 28, the Defense Forces successfully repelled a Russian attack near Urozhayne, Donetsk region, and the Russian troops are unsuccessfully trying to regain their lost position near Chervone, Zaporizhzhia region.