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Russian army regroups, amasses forces for further assaults – military expert Zgurets

31 October, 2023 Tuesday
13:41

The decrease in fighting around Avdiivka suggests that Russian forces are regrouping and preparing for further action, according to Serhiy Zgurets, the director of Defense Express

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He shared his assessment on the Espreso TV channel.

"When we discuss the situation on the front lines, we should separate the overall situation from the daily statistics. Looking at the General Staff summary this morning, I noticed a decrease in the number of clashes compared to the previous day," he explained.

Zgurets pointed out that there were 36 clashes the day before, down from 60. This decrease in fighting intensity seems like a temporary pause before renewed hostilities after regrouping.

"Out of those 36 clashes, half of them occurred in Avdiivka and Marinka, with 15 in Marinka and 5 in Avdiivka. This reduction in fighting suggests that Russian forces are regrouping, and they will likely continue their efforts to breach the defenses around Avdiivka. The success of this depends on how well our defenses are established with the reserves being moved to our front lines, with a strong emphasis on artillery," the analyst emphasized.

Regarding other directions, Zgurets mentioned that there were limited unsuccessful enemy attacks in the Synkivka and Ivanivka areas in the Kupyansk direction. There's some activity around Robotyne, where the Ukrainian Armed Forces are trying to expand their presence. Although these changes aren't visible on the map, reports from the Institute for the Study of War suggest an improvement to the west of Robotyne.

"The situation in the Kherson region involves maintaining areas where marine units are operating. This has led the Russian military leadership to change their strategy in that region and shift reserves to the left bank of the Dnipro River," he added.

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