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Russian frontline actions contradict readiness for ceasefire

18 January, 2024 Thursday
15:42

Ukrainian media explores claims of Rrussian 'winter offensive' halt, Kremlin's supposed interest in talks with Ukraine, and Putin's alleged readiness for a ceasefire

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According to a Ukrainian General Staff report and Ukrainian military’s statements, Russians persist in their attempts to dislodge Ukrainian forces on the left bank of the Dnipro in Kherson. Advances are observed in Zaporizhia direction, with daily assaults on Novomykhailivka-Pobieda-Heorhiivka in Marinka direction. On the Avdiivka front, the Russian offensive advances along three directions: Pervomaiske – Karlivka, Sievierne, and towards Ocheretyno in the north.

In the Bakhmut direction, the invading Russian army is trying to advance along the entire front line, approaching Bohdanivka, Khromove, Klishchiivka, Kurdiumivka. Constant Russian attacks are observed in the area of Kupyansk (Synkivka) and slow advance in the Lyman direction (Bilohorivka). Over the last day, the Russian troops conducted 68 air strikes on the frontline area and attacked Ukrainian positions 94 times.

“Does all this indicate that the Russians have stopped fighting and are ready to negotiate? If not, then who is creating inflated expectations and why?” the author notes.

At the same time, the patriotically inclined population residing in the occupied territories of Donetsk region reports that Russians continue to reinforce their forces with both equipment and personnel. There is a constant influx of Russian troops into the battlefield. While some movements are associated with the rotation of Russian units, the majority are heading towards the frontline. 

Russian soldiers in frontline areas like Volnovakha and Dokuchaievsk aren't indicating a cessation of hostilities but rather talk about returning to Russia during a ceasefire. Meanwhile, they persistently express the goal of 'liberating' Donetsk, Zaporizhia, and Kherson regions, signaling intentions to seize Ukrainian territories.

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