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Russia increases number of infantry assaults near Avdiivka. Column by Sergiy Zgurets

10 November, 2023 Friday

Ukraine continues to successfully conduct combat operations against the Russian army. Almost the entire front line was activated over the past day. The enemy suffered losses during infantry offensives near Avdiivka

Russian air defense system destroyed in south

On November 9, General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, commander of the Tavria operational and strategic troops group, said that the Ukrainian military had destroyed a Russian S-300V4 air defense system. This is actually a rare anti-aircraft missile system of the enemy army, it costs more than the famous S-400 Triumph. In fact, the S-300V4 is a separate project for the missile defense of the Russian ground forces. The complexes have modernized missiles that can shoot down even ballistic targets at a distance of 200 to 400 kilometers from ballistic and aerial targets.

In the summer, the previous version of the S-300V system was destroyed. The radar station of this system was destroyed by HIMARS. It is not yet known how the newest S-300V4 was destroyed, but we understand that this is a very effective step of our Armed Forces, which reduces the number of enemy air defense systems. When we talk about the elimination of a surface-to-air missile system, we understand that we are talking about a command post or a radar, which is the eyes of the complex.

British intelligence says that given the destruction of long-range systems, the enemy is now moving such systems to the front from inside the Russian Federation. Still, their effectiveness, as we see, is not good. Given the events that took place in Crimea, our missiles destroyed a submarine, a large landing ship and a missile corvette. So we see the 'effectiveness' of this air defense system.

In the area of Avdiivka and Bakhmut, the situation remains tense

As far as the front line is concerned, 78 battles took place there last day, which is a significant number. The indicators show that almost the entire front line is activated. The enemy has suffered quite heavy losses, more than a thousand enemy soldiers have been killed, which is extremely high. Two important frontline areas are the Avdiivka and Bakhmut directions.

According to the General Staff's report, there were about 30 clashes around Bakhmut, near Klishchiivka and Andriivka. We know that our 3rd separate assault brigade is operating there, demonstrating, in my opinion, the best, unique combination of will and fighting spirit.

The enemy is still trying to surround Avdiivka, but even though they are attacking from three directions, their efforts are extremely ineffective, which is good. According to some reports, the enemy has allegedly crossed the railroad leading from the coking plant, but the situation there is changing dynamically, so it is too early to say that the enemy can gain a foothold.

Oleksandr Borodin, a spokesman for the 3rd Separate Assault Brigade, said that the Russian occupiers are currently conducting large-scale infantry offensives in the direction of Avdiivka while saving their equipment.

"In Avdiivka we don't have 130 destroyed convoyes, we don't have such an opportunity, because they use it much less, mostly from a distance, but the approaches are very close now. It should be understood that it is not only infantry, but also the parallel work of artillery, UAVs, aviation, the same guided bombs, and so on," the military stresses.

According to him, it is a difficult period morally and in terms of ammunition, because they do not have time to deliver it. He emphasized that the 3rd Assault Brigade has good defensive positions, so the Russians are suffering manpower losses. The reasons for the massive infantry offensives are unknown: "All this started after the events in Israel, perhaps they believe that now is the best time to attack, although they have not had any serious success".

Borodin admitted that the soldiers are more tired from training than from the war itself, as the sessions last from 7 to 12 days. The heavy load during training makes it easier for them physically and emotionally during attacks, the spokesman explained.

At the same time, he stressed that in addition to training, it is important to have the support of drones because it is something that is cheap for the scale of the war and is effective, sometimes there are no such consequences from heavy equipment as from UAVs.

Electronic warfare development and parity of Ukrainian and Russian technologies

The Soviet Union, and later Russia, invested a lot of money and spent many years developing dozens of systems that work for different purposes, Yuriy Voitenko, CEO of Wireless P2P Technologies AB, which works closely with NATO armies, told the Espreso TV channel. He believes that Ukraine does not have absolute parity with Russia in all types of electronic warfare.

Commenting on the development of electronic warfare of the partners, Voitenko said: "Military science in the West was based on the fact that electronic warfare equipment would be airborne or land-based, so traditionally and historically, all modern electronic warfare models require modern aircraft as a carrier or a modern fleet that can carry these means on board because they are large and powerful complexes."

"This war has shown that in the absence of modern aviation and our own fleet, there is no demand in Ukraine. Of course, our partners have ground-based systems, but judging by what we have today - a war of drones, thousands on both sides in rather narrow sections of the front - no one in the West thought it would happen," explains the CEO.

According to Voitenko, trench electronic warfare, which blocks a certain frequency band, is not very effective. Comparing NATO models, he said that their systems have intelligence, which means that in order to jam something, the system conducts reconnaissance and detects the target.

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